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Portage woman sentenced by feds in Cedar Lake softball theft case
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Portage woman sentenced by feds in Cedar Lake softball theft case

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HAMMOND — A Portage woman was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to a criminal count of wire fraud involving a Cedar Lake-based girls softball club, U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson said.

Jessica Guska, also known as Jessica Irvine, Jessica Brewer, Jessica Carrington and Jessica Hoggard, was sentenced to four months in prison followed by four months home detention and two years of supervised release, the court said.

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Guska, 43, also was ordered by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jon DeGuilio to pay $29,490 in restitution to the victim of her offense.

Guska was the president of Riptide Travel Softball and was responsible for managing the club's finances, the court said. Parents had to pay at least $1,200 to have their girls join the team to cover uniforms, equipment and tournament travel costs around the Midwest.

From August 2018 until approximately October 2019, Guska embezzled money meant for Riptide and used it to pay her personal expenses, including health care costs, air travel, vacations and property taxes.

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This case was investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Cedar Lake Police Department, officials said. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly Kelley and Diane Berkowitz.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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