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Wire Fraud

Ex-Burnham clerk gets 18 months for theft

CHICAGO | A former Burnham village clerk was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in May to stealing more than $650,000 from Burnham, spending much of it at Indiana casinos.

September 09, 2014 12:39 pm

Valpo businessman agrees to plead guilty in federal fraud case

HAMMOND | A Valparaiso businessman was charged and agreed to plead guilty last week in an alleged scheme to defraud a Vermont company of more than $700,000.

June 26, 2014 11:10 am

Feds: Former Burnham clerk stole from taxpayers, gambled at Ind. casinos

CHICAGO | Former Burnham Village Clerk Nancy Dobrowski was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $650,862 from her public office and gambling most of it away at Indiana casinos.

May 06, 2014 1:47 pm

Eugene Wilson Sr. sentenced in fraudulent investment scheme

HAMMOND | A Merrillville man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Friday for defrauding friends of at least $1.5 million in an investment scheme.

February 07, 2014 5:06 pm
Van Til formally pleads guilty to public corruption

Van Til formally pleads guilty to public corruption

HAMMOND | George Van Til provided the ultimate letter of resignation from his elected county office Thursday, formally pleading guilty in Hammond federal court to felony crimes against taxpayers.

December 05, 2013 1:45 pm Photos


Illinois man admits guilt in Gary home rehab scheme

HAMMOND | An Illinois man agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud relating to a mortgage scheme involving a Schererville-based residential rehabilitation company, federal court records show.

May 28, 2013 7:30 pm
Winning bidders get Crundwell items

Winning bidders get Crundwell items

Anneliese Benesh, left, and her friend Erin Wustrack of Omrol, Wis. sit on Benesh's newly purchased custom cowhide couch in Dixon, Ill., that she acquired through her winning bid of $1,375 during an auction of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell's personal belongings. Crundwell pleaded g…

January 02, 2013 12:00 am
Winning bidders get Crundwell items

Winning bidders get Crundwell items

A chandelier made of revolvers, spurs and cowhide shades is seen inside one of the homes owned by former Dixon, Ill., comptroller Rita Crundwell during a tour provided by the U.S. Marshals Service for prospective property buyers and the media. The spoils of Crundwell's looting are on the auc…

January 02, 2013 12:00 am

Crown Point man changes plea to guilty in $1.4 million food stamp fraud scheme

HAMMOND | A Crown Point man whose Gary restaurant and mini mart food stamp scheme netted an estimated $1.4 million changed his plea to guilty in federal court Monday afternoon.

April 23, 2012 5:07 pm

Father of local former pro football player placed on home detention

HAMMOND | After almost two weeks in custody on federal fraud charges, the father of a local former NFL player sat in civilian clothes signing his pretrial release documents Wednesday morning before being placed on home detention.

January 25, 2012 7:15 pm

Gary's former Community Develpment Director changes plea to guilty for wire fraud

HAMMOND | Gary's former community development director entered into a plea agreement Monday for her role in a local real estate fraud scheme.

January 09, 2012 6:00 pm

Trial kicks off for Gary man accused of wire fraud in real estate scheme

HAMMOND | The trial of a former Gary reserve officer accused of partaking in a real estate fraud scheme started Monday with the defense claiming he did not know about the ruse.

December 05, 2011 8:30 pm

Gary man takes plea agreement in fraud, tax evasion case

HAMMOND| A Gary man accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself and others in a wire fraud scheme and failing to report up to $1 million to the IRS entered into a plea agreement Wednesday.

November 09, 2011 6:15 pm

Second woman in real estate fraud cases enters plea

HAMMOND | A second woman accused of partaking in a complex real estate fraud ring has pleaded guilty.

March 25, 2011 12:00 am

Gary woman enters into plea agreement for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft

HAMMOND | A Gary woman who applied for loans and bought homes in exchange for kickbacks from an alleged real estate fraud ring entered into a plea agreement Monday with prosecutors.

March 07, 2011 6:45 pm

C.P., Gary men charged with stealing, wire fraud

Men from Crown Point and Gary have been indicted for allegedly receiving Indiana unemployment benefits while holding jobs.

October 28, 2010 12:00 am
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