HAMMOND | A former Merrillville Town Court clerk pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hammond federal court, admitting to stealing bond money paid to the town court and filing a false tax return in 2009.
So many public corruption indictments have been handed down against public officials in Lake County over the years that voters run the danger of expecting local government officials to be corrupt. That should prompt action by good, decent, honest officials to shore up the public's trust.
HAMMOND | If Indiana's U.S. attorneys lag behind their nationwide colleagues in generating public corruption cases, as recently published federal statistics show, it wasn't apparent Thursday.
Embezzlement allegations involving Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter's niece now will be handled by the federal government.
The Merrillville Town Court scandal has many facets, but today's discussion involves just a few of the lessons to be learned.
CROWN POINT | Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is suing former Merrillville Town Court employee Virlissa Crenshaw for the return of $310,325 in missing traffic ticket revenues.
Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter officially recused himself in June from the investigation into allegations his niece stole more than $300,000 from Merrillville's Town Court, he said Thursday.
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