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 Post subject: 100 LC Officials & Insiders Convicted or under Indictment
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:33 am 
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A posting of articles, misdeeds, questionable pratices and things that make you go Hmmmm?

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 Post subject: Re: Is Lake County Really Corrup?
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A partial list of Lake County Politicians, influential power brokers, some who have been convicted, others under indictment. I will add to this list from time to time as info becomes available. :(

Sources include publications such as the Hammond Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Suntimes, Gary Tribune Post and other media sources.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/article_decbcc06-e795-5b8c-a43b-0036497fa9cd.html


CONVICTED unless otherwise indicated

1. R. O. Johnson, Mayor of Gary Johnson was convicted by the feds in 1923 of conspiracy to violate the Volstead Act. He began serving his sentence in 1925. President Calvin Coolidge, having sympathy for his plight, granted him a pardon after his release. He ran 2 more times, successfully, for mayor. Evidently the citizenry, not surprisingly, did not hold his conviction against him? http://gdynets.webng.com/Good_Gov.htm

2. Stephen R. Goot, a Hammond Attorney received a 20-year sentence, one of the stiffest given to the 16 people convicted in the Operation Bar Tab investigation of corruption in Lake County courts. Goot served as the Hammond water board lawyer until the federal investigation that led to his conviction on ticket fixing. (1991). http://www.nwitimes.com/uncategorized/article_c9e38ff7-e7e9-5f94-a9de-dd4002bcd2b3.html

3. Nick Morfas. Goot as we have read above was convicted at federal trial. The principal official with whom Goot interacted and conspired was deputy prosecutor Nick Morfas. Goot pleaded not guilty and went to trial; Morfas pleaded guilty and testified against Goot.

Morfas would steal and destroy the prosecutor's file. Sometimes Morfas would steal and destroy the court's file as well. Once the time for refiling had passed without any further action taken by the prosecutor, Goot would file a second motion to dismiss, which would be granted. A check then would be issued by the prosecutor's office to Goot, the holder of the bond receipt, but payable to the person who initially posted the bond. Goot would give this check to Morfas who would forge the payee's signature and retain the funds as his share in the scheme.

In some cases, Morfas would represent himself to DUI defendants as an attorney, sign Goot's name to the paper work or have Goot sign his name, and then steal the files and collect the fees. Morfas needed to use Goot's name because he could not use his own, being a deputy prosecutor. As a quid pro quo, Morfas either would help Goot with one of Goot's cases or would pay Goot a share of the fees. http://federal-circuits.vlex.com/vid/america-plaintiff-stephen-goot-defendant-37294529

The jury found Goot guilty on both counts and he was sentenced to two concurrent twenty-year prison terms (the statutory maximum on each count) and a $25,000.00 fine. Morfas, who was sentenced later, got four years and a $6000.00 fine.

4. Metro Holovachke, former prosecuting attorney of Lake County, Indiana, all on tax charges. http://www.justice.gov/ag/rfkspeeches/1963/01-10-1963.pdf

5. George Chacharis, Mayor of Gary, Indiana, who in approximately 1963, pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to report and pay taxes on more than $250, 000 in payoffs from construction firms. http://www.justice.gov/ag/rfkspeeches/1963/01-10-1963.pdf

6. Unsolved Murder: Hammond detectives have no doubts about who fired the fatal bullet into the back of Henry "Babe" Lopez's neck in 1979. They said they know without question who dropped a basketball-sized rock onto the gas pedal of the former East Chicago parks superintendent's city-owned vehicle, propelling his dead body into the Grand Calumet River.

Yet, 30 years later, Lopez's family still lives without closure. "They believed Babe Lopez was cooperating with the federal government investigation into corruption in East Chicago," Solan told The Times. "Babe Lopez was not cooperating, and that belief cost Babe his life."

Dec. 12, 1979, the last day Lopez was seen alive Former City Clerk Charles Pacurar, now East Chicago's city controller, told Hammond police in 1980 that Lopez's death may have been related to $900,000 in Park and Recreation Bond funds.
In 1974, before Lopez was parks superintendent, the City Council moved $900,000 to park development line item 713 in the budget, records state. Pacurar told police that line item did not exist.

The State Board of Accounts repeatedly questioned how the park bond money had been spent, state audits from 1977 to 1983 show. The board's field examiners asked then-City Controller James Knight to determine whether the funds had been used for the purpose for which the bonds were issued. As of Aug. 19, 1982, Knight had not replied, records state.

Numerous sources told police they believed Edelmiro "Corfi" DeJesus was involved in Lopez's death. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and city and county authorities in Illinois and Indiana believed DeJesus was a mob assassin involved in numerous illegal activities, records state.

DeJesus was shot and killed execution-style May 27, 1980 -- four months after Lopez's body was found. His death is still unsolved, East Chicago Police Chief Gus Flores said.

Summers said he believes DeJesus and his cronies were responsible for executing Lopez's murder. Then DeJesus was killed because he was mouthing off about killing Lopez, Summers added. Other sources contend the murder was drug-related.
But questions remained: Why was Lopez murdered? Who ordered the hit?

Summers recently told The Times the investigation into Lopez's murder "always pointed just straight in one direction" -- toward Vince Kirrin. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_3e42b286-61f5-593b-9f9c-f334a8a600be.html

Not directly related to the above piece, Hammond’s Mayor, Thomas McDermott Jr, in recent Indiana State Board of Account Audits, has refused to answer several questions asked by Auditors.

7. Unsolved Murder: East Chicago political insider Jay Given was shot , assignation style, attending a fund raiser for up and coming politician N. Atterson Spann, inside the vestibule of the Jockey Club. 30 years later, the case remains unsolved, but evidence points to a high-ranking former East Chicago police official who it’s alleged had a long term political beef with Givens. Interesting reading http://www.nwitimes.com/news/foreign-language/politico-given-murder-remains-unsolved-nearly-years-later/article_b6ddb22f-d8d7-5e20-b6a4-9ca7bbc4f50b.html

One woman, opted to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court rather than cooperate fully with investigators. Investigators said they thought the Jockey Club worker was holding out important information. The woman felt like a "lost ball in tall weeds, ... (and) just wanted to forget that entire night," she told police. She had learned to see and not see, she said, because "in East Chicago, two people could be standing side-by-side, one could have his head blown off and the other would not have seen a thing."

8. Dr. John Nicosia, who served as East Chicago mayor from 1963 to 1971, was convicted in the late 1970s in connection with a $1 million sewer construction kickback scheme. http://www.indianabusinessnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=76&ArticleID=61424

9. Michael Jankovich, 76, of Hobart, former Lake County assessor and longtime local Democratic power: sentenced to prison for 6 years, fined $250,000 and ordered to forfeit $11,700 in bribe receipts, after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering and extortion in soliciting bribes from businessmen in return for cutting their tax bills. Approximately 1986.

10. Frank A.J. Stodola, 66, of Hammond, a former judge and county commissioner: sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for racketeering and extortion and ordered to forfeit $10,800 in bribe money, amid charges that he sold his commissioner`s office to the highest bidder. Approximately 1986.

11. Lake County Judge Orval Anderson, was convicted of perjury (1986) for his testimony at the trial of a court administrator. The conviction was associated with Operation Bar Tab. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-01-07/news/8601020398_1_indiana-judge-court-clerk-indiana-supreme-court

12. Former Lake County Sheriff Rudy Bartolomei was convicted of extortion while serving as sheriff in 1985. He entered the witness protection plan with his wife in about 1986. Interesting article by the Chicago Tribune on Bartolomei's rise to power and fall from political graces: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-11-13/features/8802160613_1_jail-lake-county-highest-bidder

13. Roland D. Watson, former deputy assessor of Calumet Township, which includes the city of Gary Watson, 37, of Gary, pled guilty of having conspired to share in bribes paid by businessmen to win tax breaks for their properties.

14. Carol Sinks, 42, an East Chicago woman, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Clement. Sinks was fined $1,000 and given a one-year suspended jail sentence Tuesday after admitting her part in a ghost payroll scheme in Hammond.

Sinks and the late John Klobuchar, a former North Township trustee, were accused of theft, ghost employment and conspiracy in a scheme in which Klobuchar hired Sinks to manage the township`s Hammond office at a $20,500 salary while the woman was working full time for a construction company. It had been reported Klobuchar and Sinks were in a relationship. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-12-13/news/8903170714_1_sinks-scheme-ghost

Klobuchar died before the case went to trial, but Lake County Prosecutor Jon DeGuilio said the guilty plea gave ``credibility to our ghost-payrolling statute.`

15. Unsolved Murder: The bodies of a man and woman found burned in a car on Gary`s south side are believed to be those of a sheriff`s deputy and his wife, authorities said Monday. The deputy had been active in several federal investigations and was scheduled to testify in an upcoming federal racketeering trial. The victims are Cpl. Gary Rosser, 42, a 15-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff`s Department, and his wife, Teresa.

Rosser was to testify in the trial of a Merrillville councilman and suspended sheriff`s officer who is accused of involvement in a shakedown racket. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-01-16/news/9001040803_1_bodies-sheriff-s-spokesman-police

On January 22, 1990, Magistrate Andrew P. Rodovich entered an order revoking Mokol's bond and detaining him pending trial as he found "there is probable cause to believe that Mr. Mokol was involved in the deaths of the Rossers [Rosser's wife also was murdered] in violation of the terms and conditions of his release." http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/939/436/31728/

16. Michael Mokol Sr, 48, a 19-year police veteran and former Merrillville town trustee, had been convicted of funneling $33,000 in bribes to former Lake County Sheriff Rudy Bartolomei, his political mentor. The payoffs in 1984 and 1985 came from Reginald P. Kinkade, an East Chicago distributor of video poker machines.

The money, in the form of political contributions, went to Sheriff Bartolomei through Mokol, buying protection from gambling raids. At the time the machines were operating legally in scores of taverns, clubs and fraternal halls in the county. Kinkade, however, paid bribes to police to avoid investigation, according to trial testimony.

Mokol was sentenced to 20 years in prison by U.S. District Judge James Moody, an angry federal judge who said society ``has a right to strike back`` at corrupt law officers. In sentencing Mokol for bribery, Moody said he was sending a message to the 190 sheriff`s police officers and 850 other law officers in local communities throughout the county that bribery is intolerable. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-07-27/news/9003030302_1_gambling-raids-police-officers-law-officers

As another side note, found in a blog, http://bluecountyredstate.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-problems-at-lake-county-sheriffs.html is a very vivid, although not verifiable description of how Gary Rosser, 42, a 15-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff`s Department, and his wife, Teresa, his wife may have met their death. My bet Mokol Jr may have been involved.

Per an Anonymous poster, posting on Buzzcut's blog writes:
Buzz,

Let me share with you and your readers on how horrible the crime that was committed on Gary & Teresa Rosser.

Gary was part of the investigation of “Operation Lights Out.” This was Officer Gary Rosser’s third or fourth secret operation into the corruption in Lake County. It is also the one he feared the most for his safety, and for good reasons.

Officer Gary Rosser was set to testify against, SGT. Mike Mokol Sr. (a Merrillville councilman who at one time was chief of the sheriff`s police) Unbeknownst Officer Gary Rosser, Mike Mokol Sr. had taken a contract hit out on his life for $10,000.

Officer Rosser was lured into a false real estate deal by his so called friend, George Swetkey (see immediate posting below), who was paid by Mike Mokol Sr. to do the deadly deed.

First they kidnapped Gary’s wife Teresa. They beat her, they raped her and they took pictures of what they did to her.

They then set up a meeting at the Red Rooster restaurant with Officer Rosser. They told Officer Rosser that they had beaten his wife and if he didn’t leave peacefully, they would order her killed.

When they got Officer Rosser to the location where his wife, Teresa was, Officer Rosser tried to fight them off. He was beaten; stabbed; cuffed (both arms and legs) and they tied a noose over his neck to choke him. When this didn’t kill him they shot him several times.

They then stuffed Officer Rosser and his wife into the car in which they would be found. When they set the car on fire, Officer Gary Rosser was still alive. His lungs had smoke inhalation.

Gary left behind two children, his mother Ruby, died six months later of a broken heart.

Teresa had three children, who a year later became orphans after losing their father (Teresa’s first husband) to a heart attack at age 33, which many attributed to the stress of this situation.

And to think that 21 years later, the Lake County Sheriff’s department is being investigated for the same issues that destroyed the Rosser family…When will the citizens of this county stand up and quit supporting these criminal thugs!
http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/939/436/31728/
http://ftp.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/939/939.F2d.436.90-1777.html

16a. Calling the crime ``well-planned executions,`` an Indiana judge sentenced confessed slayer George Swetkey to 110 years in prison Friday for the murders of a Lake County sheriff`s police officer and his wife.

``Any thought I have that he might somehow walk the streets again makes me shudder,`` said Judge James Letsinger of Lake County Superior Court, Crown Point, when he imposed the near-maximum prison terms for double murder. `This sentence is intended to see that he doesn`t.``

Swetkey, for his part, stood mute. ``I haven`t anything to say,`` he muttered softly.Calling the crime ``well-planned executions,`` an Indiana judge sentenced confessed slayer George Swetkey to 110 years in prison Friday for the murders of a Lake County sheriff`s police officer and his wife. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-08-25/news/9003110650_1_inherently-evil-person-murders-sentence

16b. As a interesting side note, Mike Mokol Jr., was very much like his father. Mokol Jr. - the serially arrested son of late Merrillville Town Councilman and Lake County Police Chief Michael Mokol Sr. Mokol Sr., was convicted in 1990 of federal racketeering and illegal gambling charges for taking money to provide police protection for illegal gambling operations. Molok Jr, a, convicted felon -- was sentenced to 262 months in prison and five years of supervised release. May 2010. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/3f068990-2d53-5b33-8824-ff231ebd1268.html

Mokol Jr., a convicted felon with a criminal history spanning three states, is charged in the federal case with three counts of possessing specific handguns and ammunition after his criminal convictions and one count of using a specific gun during a drug trafficking crime. Prosecutors claim he orchestrated burglaries that yielded the guns. He is specifically charged with possessing a 9-mm handgun and a .45-caliber handgun.

17. Alan Frost, introduced to Hammond, believed by the McDermot Sr Administration. There had been a question on how Frost readily acquired the abandoned JC Pennies building on Hohman Avenue. Frost had the full blessing of the city to remodel an old store downtown for a computer school that was supposed to bring hundreds of jobs to Hammond. He eventually went to prison after being convicted in Florida for scamming the federal government on that venture.

18. Stewart Roth, Hammond Sanitary district Supt. admitted to illegally discharging untreated waste into the Grand Calumet River. Roth plead guilty in July of 1990. Roth faced a possible prison term of 20 years and a fine of $40,000.

Problems at the plant came to the forefront in 1988, after a growing stench at the plant was reported by north side residents and a 9-foot-deep . . .an``island`` of untreated human waste in the Grand Calumet was discovered by environmentalists; that unprocessed volume ``as enough to fill the Exxon Valdez 185 times.....the raw sewage was enough to cover Hammond`s approximately 25 square miles 30 inches deep.

The investigation found that Roth had reported that 30 billion gallons of sewage had been processed by the plant from Jan. 1, 1986, through May 31, 1988, when only 12 billion gallons were treated. Why he did this was never disclosed. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-07-14/news/9002270497_1_raw-sewage-sanitary-board-treatment-plant
Roth apparently didn't learn from his first go around.

In 2012 Roth plead guilty in Federal Court for illegal dumping. Unfortunately Roth and others operated, undiscovered for years and years, dumping untreated waste in Hammond sewage system at a company owned site at 141st St. Hammond authorities were apparently unaware this site was dumping illegal waste for years and years. It appears the Hammond Officials never inspected the site. So much for Hammond’s inspectional services. http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/12254534-418/manager-at-ec-business-admits-illegal-dumping.html

19. Peter Benjamin, former Lake County auditor and assessor, paying bribes to Lake County Councilman Troy Montgomery.

20. Troy Montgomery, former Lake County councilman, accepting Benjamin's bribes.

21. & 22. Lake County Judge Steven Bielak, 34, pleaded guilty in Hammond before U.S. District Judge James Moody. Bielak, A traffic court judge in Lake County, Ind., and Robert Balitewicz, 49, a court clerk pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges arising from a federal investigation of the disposition of drunk driving cases in northwest Indiana. 1991

The two had been charged by a federal grand jury in a 28-count indictment in June 1986, for failing to notify the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles of drunk-driving convictions as required by state law. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-01-07/news/8601020398_1_indiana-judge-court-clerk-indiana-supreme-court http://www.justice.gov/osg/briefs/1989/sg890014.txt

23. Former Hammond City Controller Edward Brown, has pleaded guilty to income-tax charges and had cooperated with federal authorities. Brown, 42, was charged in April (1991) by the U.S. attorney's office for failure to report all his income for calendar year 1985.

June 1991, a full six years after his income tax evasion, Former city Controller Edward A. Brown implicated himself and others Thursday in a bribery scheme to protect video-poker gambling in Hammond. Brown, 42, of Hammond was pleading guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James Moody to a felony tax-fraud charge that he failed to disclose protection money he received from Reginald Kinkade.

He said Kinkade, owner of Variety Amusement Co. of East Chicago, gave him up to $4,000 each month from the fall of 1984 to the end of 1985 to keep police from seizing about 50 poker machines …

24. Glenn Kuipers, a former executive director of East Chicago's Tri-City Mental Health Center, and Noah Atterson Spann, a former county commissioner from the city, were indicted in the late 1980s for bribery and bilking taxpayers in connection with publicly buying an East Chicago nursing home at an exorbitant price.

Kuipers and his wife entered the federal witness protection program after he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Spann, who went to prison in 1988. He finished his sentence 11 years later, was hired by former Mayor Robert Pastrick to run his 1999 re-election campaign and later was named director of community services.

25. Vince Kirrin, an East known as a back-room politician who wielded immense influence over East Chicago and Lake County politics. Kirrin was indicted during a federal investigation into corruption in Lake County and served time in prison for conspiracy and mail fraud convictions. Kirrin died in 1998. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-07-20/news/9103210240_1_bribes-cleaning-tax-fraud

Kirrin said he used elbow grease to vigorously clean the Lake County (Ind.) government center, transforming the courthouse, jail and office building ``from a pigsty into a showpiece.`` 1985-86 contract, which went to a firm nominally headed by his nephew, Joe Macko.

Macko testified that his uncle surprised him with a gift of $2,000 only days before he was called to testify under subpoena about the cleaning contract before a federal grand jury. Capp said the money was a bribe. Macko admitted he had no experience cleaning public buildings, unless``GI parties in the military`` was a qualifier. He said he performed no executive duties, and had no office.

The government contended that, in order to get the contract, Kirrin paid $30,000 in bribes to Lake County Commissioner Steve Corey. Corey denied the charge, saying any money from Kirrin was nothing more than a loan to the his family`s bakery business, and the loan had been repaid.

Former County Commissioner N. Atterson Spann testified against Kirrin, saying he and Corey were aware of Kirrin`s behind-the-scenes role. Spann is serving a 30-year federal prison sentence for taking bribes to influence county business. He said he hoped his testimony would earn him a sentence reduction.

But a federal court jury in Hammond convicted the East Chicago businessman of paying bribes to win a $246,000-a-year, no-bid contract to clean the center. Kirrin wished to avoid the public spotlight, said Capp, because he already was receiving up to $660,000 a year in county printing business.

26. Noah Atterson Spann, 48, of East Chicago, the highest elected black county executive and a fellow county commissioner with Bartolomei: sentenced to 20 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, fined $25,000 and ordered to forfeit $29,615 in payoff money.

27. Rudy Byron, 51, of Gary, a Spann protégé and former Lake County inspector: sentenced to 9 years in prison and fined $15,000 for accepting payoffs to help two janitorial firms get lucrative county contracts and for concealing payments of $50,000 from his income-tax returns.

28. East Chicago City Councilman Frank Kollintzas, convicted for misappropriation of federal funds, lying to the FBI. Frankie chose to flee to Greece. As a Greek national Frankie is exempt from extradition by Greece law. 11 years.

29. East Chicago City Councilman Joe De La Cruz, convicted for misappropriation of federal funds. 6 years.

30. East Chicago City Controller Edwardo Maldonado, convicted for misappropriation of federal funds. Convicted a second time in July 2006 for using public money to pay his defense attorneys. 130 months.

31. East Chicago City Councilman Adrian Santos, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy in connection with the $24 million sidewalks-for-votes case. 33 months.

32. Joel Markovich, former Lake County councilman and contractor, fraud in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case. 18 months.

33. Robert J. Velligan, contractor, tax fraud in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case.

34. Marilyn and Gregory J. Gill, contractors, tax and bankruptcy fraud in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case.

35. Dimitrios Sazalis, contractor, tax fraud in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case.

36. East Chicago Parks Superintendent Jose Valdez Jr., fraud and conspiracy in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case. 33 months.

37. East Chicago City Engineer Pedro Porras, fraud and conspiracy in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case. 27 months.

38. East Chicago City Councilman Randall Artis, fraud and conspiracy in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case. 27 months.

39. Terrance Artis, brother of Randall Artis and contractor, fraud in connection with the sidewalks-for-votes case. 5 months.

40. Gerry Nannenga, former carpenter's union official, accepting bribes to approve the Coffee Creek land deal.

41. Kevin Pastrick, son of former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick, paying bribes to approve the Coffee Creek land deal.

On May 2, 2005. Pastrick began serving his federal prison term for paying Gerry Nannenga, a former executive secretary and business manager for the Northwest Indiana District Council of Carpenters, bribes to influence the investment of $10 million of carpenters' pension money in Coffee Creek, a Porter County land deal that earned Pastrick $600,000 in commissions.

Nannenga pleaded guilty to accepting bribes last year and awaits sentencing April 8. Peter Manous, a former chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party and friend of Pastrick, is serving a 27-month sentence for his role as a go-between in the bribery and its cover-up.

A federal jury convicted Kevin Pastrick's business partner, 58-year-old Carl Paul Ihle Jr., of Lakes of the Four Seasons, of attempting to cover up the bribery investigation with lies and fraudulent documents. A judge sentenced him to 21 months in prison.

Pastrick also must pay a $177,500 fine in the federal case. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/pastrick-prostitution-charge-dropped/article_03ac73bf-2e76-5972-a1a9-acab8ba9e36f.html

42. Peter Manous, former Indiana Democratic chairman, paying bribes to approve the Coffee Creek land deal.

43. Carl Paul Ihle Jr., co-owner with Kevin Pastrick of Sand Creek Sales, forging documents and lying about the Coffee Creek land deal.

44. & 45. Katie Hall and Junifer Hall, In May 2002, Katie Hall, again serving as Gary City Clerk, and her daughter, Chief Deputy Clerk Junifer Hall, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, extortion, and mail fraud.

Junifer Hall was also charged with five counts of perjury. Hall eventually pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to house arrest and probation. Junifer Hall was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison. Gary city clerk, was convicted of extorting $19,000 in campaign contributions from office employees. Hall was Indiana's first African-American member of Congress. Someone in her office reached out to federal authorities asking for relief.

46. Jojuana Meeks, embezzling money from Gary Urban Enterprise Association. This embezzlement involved millions, upon millions of dollars, diverted from its original use to revitalize Gary for personal use. A common theme in NWI. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Urban_Enterprise_Association

47. Wanda Joshua, convicted with skimming money from a federal grant to Calumet Township.

48. Charmaine Pratchett, embezzling money from GUEA.

49. Derrick Earls, embezzling from GUEA board.

50. Johnnie Wright, embezzling from GUEA board.

51. Greg Hill, contractor who didn't report GUEA income.

52. Will Smith Jr., Lake County Council president, tax evasion for a questionable land deal with GUEA.

53. Roosevelt Powell, former delinquent tax collector for Lake County, tax evasion, theft conspiracies involving GUEA land deals.

54. Former East Chicago Police Chief Edward Samuels, ghost employment as a security guard in a city housing project. Placed on probation.

55. East Chicago Building Commission Miguel "Mike" Arredondo, ghost employment as a security guard in a city housing project. Placed on probation.

56. Gary City Parks Superintendent Kimberly Lyles, lying to federal agents about influence peddling.

57. Assistant County Building Administrator Jan Allison, extortion.

58. G. Gregory Cvitkovich, former North Township trustee, tax fraud.

59. James H. Fife III, a former special assistant to the East Chicago mayor, federal tax fraud.

60. Karen Krahn-Fife, federal tax fraud.

61. Robert White, Gary city councilman, fraud.

62. Lake County Recorder Morris Carter, extortion.

63. Paul Hernandez, union fraud and corruption.

64. Ken Castaldi, union fraud and corruption.

65. Otho Lyles III, tax evasion and lying to FBI in Gary City Hall investigation.

66. Jewell Harris Sr Convicted of double-billing Gary for debris-hauling work at The Steel Yard stadium. Harris was once one of the most powerful political figures in Gary. Harris, former Mayor Scott King’s campaign manager until the two had a bitter split, had been charged with seven counts of money laundering and mail and wire fraud stemming from work Harris did hauling debris from the stadium site in 2001. Convicted that he bilked the city out of $1.5 million while working on the $45 million baseball stadium.

67. Willie Harris, Gary attorney, tax evasion, theft conspiracies involving GUEA land deals.

68. Bob Cantrell , a long time East Chicago political operative. Cantrell was reportedly behind McDermott Sr first run for Hammond Mayor, was convicted of tax evasion and insurance fraud. Cantrell used his influence with area elected officials, judges., etc to obtain contracts for a counseling company owned and operated by Nancy Fromm. Cantrell's income was reported in federal transcripts to be over $200,000 a year. Who says crime doesn't pay?

69. Nancy Fromm, addiction counselor, lying to federal agents. Fromm reportedly derived substantial income for referrals tor her company, due to Bobby Cantrell's political connections.

70. Former Schererville Town Judge Deborah Riga, fraud in using office to personally benefit her family business.

71. Ann Marie Karras , age 65 of Gary, guilty in April 2009 of two fraud counts for taking checks from a federal contract between 2000 and 2002. (Seven Years Later ) Karras was serving as Calumet Township as the Deputy of Finance.

Co-conspirators Calumet Township Trustee, Dozier T. Allen, Jr., and three of his senior employees at the trustee’s office, Wanda Joshua, and Albert Young, Jr. were charged and found guilty of mail fraud. http://www.justice.gov/usao/inn/press_release/documents/2007/September_07/DAllen_9.20-indicted.htm

72. Dozier Allen, Calumet Township Trustee, convicted with skimming money from a federal grant to Calumet Township, found guilty.

73. Albert Young Jr., who signed a plea agreement and admitted guilt, to two years on probation, convicted with skimming money from a federal grant to Calumet Township. http://www.justice.gov/usao/inn/press_release/documents/2007/September_07/DAllen_9.20-indicted.htm

74. Morris Carter, County Recorder took a $1,000 bribe. http://articles.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010-08-25/news/28516846_1_schererville-town-judge-east-chicago-city-council-robert-pastrick

75. Jerry Haymon has plead guilty, per court records, a year after their indictment on on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The defendants (Drago-Hunter, Jerry Haymon, Sheila Chandler and Phillip Rucker) were indicted on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft accused of funneling the more than $300,000 to themselves between October 2007 and November 2008 by inflating the purchase prices of four Gary properties, faking buyers' financial security, forging loan documents and filing fake mechanic's liens against three of the four properties for work that never was done, federal records state.http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/former-gary-city-official-nearing-plea-deal-in-federal-fraud/article_8002b627-2f2e-5032-8cfa-c8148cd40e08.html

76. Jacquelyn Drago-Hunter, Gary HUD Official, October 6, 2011 was suspended for her October 2010 federal indictment for her suspected involvement in an alleged real estate fraud scheme. Drago-Hunter is responsible for administering millions of dollars of federal money to dozens of social service agencies. The former director of community development for the city of Gary admitted Friday morning (01/13/2011) in federal court to working with a local businessman in a mortgage fraud scheme that took in almost $200,000. Jacquelyn Drago-Hunter plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/9993779-418/former-gary-official-pleads-guilty-to-mortgage-scheme.html

HUD spokesman Jerry Brown said. “Gary has to help itself by cleaning up its act. It’s going to take that type of commitment in building its track record if the city is going to continue getting federal funds.”
April 19th, 2012 sentenced to spend 15 months in prison in addition to paying restitution of almost $88,000, a federal judge ruled Thursday afternoon.

77. Sheila Chandler has plead guilty, per court records, a year after her indictment on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/former-gary-city-official-nearing-plea-deal-in-federal-fraud/article_8002b627-2f2e-5032-8cfa-c8148cd40e08.html

78. Frederick M. Cuppy, 70, Merrillville’s former town attorney and Peter G. Rogan, 65, formerly of Valparaiso, were charged October 3rd, 2011 in Chicago in connection with their roles in hiding money from federal investigators and a bank, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. Cuppy was charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, three counts of perjury and three counts of obstruction of justice. http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/8018706-418/former-merrillville-attorney-indicted-by-feds.html
Cuppy is accused of hiding funds so that Rogan could avoid paying $188 million in judgment awarded against him in 2006.

79. Marilyn Krusas, 69, a Gary City Councilwoman since 2000, was charged with one count of tax evasion. Federal authorities allege Krusas failed to file tax returns since 1991. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/feds-nab-nwi-officials-on-tax-fraud-other-charges/article_3fe970a9-3e39-53a9-a23f-56b43e98837a.html

In addition to failing to file returns, officials allege she failed to pay taxes on an inheritance she received in the 2009-2010 tax year. The inheritance was $230,000.Krusas was scheduled for her initial appearance at 12:45 today. Krusas plead guilty March 2013.

80. George Pabey, E. Chicago Mayor, convicted on stealing less than $15,000

81. Jose Camacho, East Chicago city employee conviction along with Pabey.

82. & 83. The former treasurer for East Chicago's public schools will plead guilty to receiving a bribe — a federal offense that could carry a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Francisco "Frank" Ramirez, 49, of East Chicago, exchanged a school contract with a local construction company for thousands of dollars in free home repairs, according to a plea agreement filed Monday. Ramirez and Geraldo "Jerry" Lozano, 34, of Hobart, were indicted Thursday. The indictment was unsealed Friday. Lozano, who owned Green Tree Builders, is charged with paying a bribe to an agent or local government receiving federal funds, while Ramirez was charged with receiving that bribe. In 2008, East Chicago's schools received more than $10,000 in federal funding. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/east-chicago/former-e-c-school-treasurer-to-plead-guilty-to-accepting/article_a7eff7f7-583a-5f59-a47a-9fa2a4d9a8f8.html#ixzz1p2QVuXvM

Ramirez plead guilty. To receive the most benefit from his plea agreement, Ramirez must provide information that leads to a separate criminal prosecution, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Bell said during the hearing. Lozano was convicted and received 21 months in a federal prison.http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/17391282-418/lozano-gets-21-months-for-bribery.html

84. Thomas Philpot, has held several county offices for 21 years, and currently the Lake County Coroner, was convicted on 08/24/12 after a 5 day trial. Philpot received a 18 month sentence. Some believe Philpot may have shared information with authorities in exchange for such a short sentence. Philpot was convicted of pocketed more than $24,000 from Indiana's federally funded child support incentive funds. He controlled the funds between 2004 and 2009 while serving as Lake County clerk. The fund were intended, as bonuses for line staff. Philpot and his two administrative assistants apparently pocketed the vast majority of these funds over the years Philpot held the County Clerk's Office. Philpot's education as a licensed attorney and medical doctor/podiatrist, appeared to work against him at trial.

The law forbids elected officials from giving themselves such bonuses without the approval of the seven-member fiscal body called the County Council.

The conviction strips Philpot from office as county coroner and all but ends his public career, which includes election as county coroner in 1992, 1996 and 2008; election as county clerk in 2002 and 2006; and his unsuccessful campaigns for Hammond mayor in 1995 and 1999, and for sheriff in 2010.

Philpot turned himself in to serve his reduced sentence of 18 months on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. Was someone talking and someone else listening? http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/philpot-guilty-on-all-five-counts/article_2ab1a901-230b-5114-8ebe-91b84326c1f3.html

85. Virlissa Crenshaw, 42, of East Chicago, is charged with theft (September 2011) from local government, with another count of filing a false tax return for 2009. Sentence to be determined. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/feds-nab-nwi-officials-on-tax-fraud-other-charges/article_3fe970a9-3e39-53a9-a23f-56b43e98837a.html

Crenshaw was a clerk with the Merrillville Town Court at the time of the offenses. She has already signed a plea agreement filed today (October 2012) admitting her guilt to stealing cash bonds. The loss to the Town of Merrillville was $176,763 and the tax loss to the federal government was $55,203.

86. The FBI raided George Van Till's Office in 2012 confiscating computer records. Mr. VanTil is the Lake County Surveyor. A Grand Jury has been chaired investigating some matter in his office. The specific focus of the grand jury is unknown.

The raid resulted in a criminal indictment (May 17th, 2013), two counts of obstruction of justice and six federal felony counts of wire fraud. A "tip" lead the authorities to the investigation. It's alleged VanTill hatched the plot between November '07 and December '12. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/feds-van-til-indicted-for-using-public-employees-resources-for/article_00f8f717-4dd4-5856-8869-eebc1c121d80.html

Video of the indictment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_SxbMDD2RQ

87. Alfonso Salinas Hammond 2nd District councilman in Hammond, was charged with receipt of a bribe by an agent of local government who was receiving federal funds.

Federal authorities allege that Salinas steered city tree cutting business to David Johnson, 56, of Munster, owner of Dave’s Tree Service. (Note David Johnson was a benefactor of the East Chicago Sidewalks for vote scandal, his company reportedly did hundreds of thousands of dollars of work in E. Chicago. Some say either McDermott or Cantrell or both brought Johnson into Hammond to continue the patronage tree).

Salinas is alleged to have steered $300,000 in casino funds that he had at his disposal to Johnson's company for tree cutting and tree removal work. Federal authorities further allege Salinas took a $10,500 kickback for steering the work Johnson’s way. Johnson was charged with payment of a bribe to an agent of local government. (Johnson later plead guilty). Salinas is also charged with four counts of willful failure to file tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Salinas agreed to a plea agreement on two counts April 2013.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... 8837a.html

Salinas plead guilty in mid May 2013.

88. Juda Parks, 40, of East Chicago, is charged with two counts of failure to file income tax returns for years 2008 and 2009. Parks, and East Chicago City Councilman since 2008 and an East Chicago police officer, has signed a plea agreement admitting guilt on all charges.

Parks has agreed to cooperate with the federal government on other unspecified cases, according to federal authorities. (interesting statement) http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... 8837a.html

89. Manuel Montalvo, 38, of East Chicago, is charged in an indictment with two counts of filing false tax returns for years 2009 and 2010. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake ... 8837a.html

The indictment alleges that Montalvo, the former director of the East Chicago Public Library, overstated unreimbursed business expenses and medical and dental expenses. Those expenses amounted to $32,000 in medical and dental expenses and $47,000 in employee and business expenses over the two years.

90. Although not specifically a county employee, Roman Perez of Crown Point and owner of Roman Art, Inc. has plead guilty to tax evasion and making false statements under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding. Perez understated $100,100 of 2007 income, of which the feds report $80,000 of 2007 income came from the Lake County Commissary Fund. Exactly what "Roman Art, Inc." did or does will be posted at a later time.

Perez as part of his plea agreement, agreed to cooperate in an ongoing investigation.

Video of Indictment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qphJKtY041c

91. An unnamed current sitting, elected county official reportedly has a sealed 2012 Grand Jury indictment.

92. And has a current grand jury been empaneled to review if sufficient evidence exist to charge a past county elected official?


Who do you think may be next?



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The Case Of The Singing Sheriff


Warbling Songs Of Corruption On The Witness Stand, Rudy Bartolomei Sent Many Of His Former Lake County, Ind.,

Cronies To Jail, Managing To Save His Own Skin-and A Fortune In The Process


November 13, 1988|By Article by John O`Brien and Ed Baumann, Tribune reporters.


It started innocently enough, making sausages in the family meat market in Gary, and ended lots of money later with Rudy Bartolomei not being Rudy Bartolomei anymore ``He became the maximum corrupter of Lake County who thought he was the Sheriff of Nottingham,`` is how Gary attorney J. Michael Katz describes Bartolomei, a onetime family friend who isn`t that anymore, either.

Personable, dark-haired Bartolomei first caught the voters` attention when he returned home from the jungles of New Guinea at the end of World War II with hero medals on his chest and an ardent desire to enter a career of public service.








By 1983 he had become sheriff of Lake County, a place where some sheriffs have a way of being remembered. Sheriff Lillian Holley, for example, won her place in history by foolishly posing for publicity pictures with bank robber John Dillinger just before he bluffed his way out of her jail with a wooden handgun in 1934. Bartolomei, on the other hand, will be remembered as the man who put people in jail. Very Important People.

He did it without arresting a single one of them. Each was an integral part of his own web of cronyism and corruption. And when the roof fell in on Bartolomei`s world, he marched into court wearing a Halloween fright mask and blew the whistle on the whole crew in a desperate (and highly successful) bid to save his own skin.

Then last month, as dozens of Lake County`s most lucrative political plums turned into rotten apples and jailhouse doors began clanging shut behind other high-ranking public officials, Bartolomei slipped off into oblivion, a wealthy man.

That`s why he isn`t Rudy Bartolomei anymore. Bartolomei has been officially erased from the face of the Earth, and the man who used to be him has been given a new identity and a secret place to start his life anew. Federal prosecutors can do that for you if you sing the right notes on the witness stand, and the onetime sausagemaker from Gary evolved into a regular nightingale.

He bagged more biggies for the feds than a game hunter on safari. If it were possible for Rudy Whoever-He-Now-Is to mount his trophies on his gameroom wall, wherever that is, the most prominent display would feature the scowling countenances of:

- Frank A.J. Stodola, 66, of Hammond, a former judge and county commissioner: sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for racketeering and extortion and ordered to forfeit $10,800 in bribe money, amid charges that he sold his commisioner`s office ``to the highest bidder.``

- Michael Jankovich, 76, of Hobart, former Lake County assessor and longtime local Democratic power: sentenced to prison for 6 years, fined $250,000 and ordered to forfeit $11,700 in bribe receipts, after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering and extortion in soliciting bribes from businessmen in return for cutting their tax bills.

- Noah Atterson Spann, 48, of East Chicago, the highest elected black county executive and a fellow county commissioner with Bartolomei: sentenced to 20 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, fined $25,000 and ordered to forfeit $29,615 in payoff money.

- Rudy Byron, 51, of Gary, a Spann protege and former Lake County inspector: sentenced to 9 years in prison and fined $15,000 for accepting payoffs to help two janitorial firms get lucrative county contracts and for concealing payments of $50,000 from his income-tax returns.






And leave room for more. Lake County`s last ``political`` sheriff-who also helped change the time-honored procedure for selecting the man who would wear the top lawman`s badge-isn`t through yet.

All because of 10 lousy votes. Just 10 votes was all it took to eventually blow clear out of the water one of the most corrupt political machines Northern Indiana had ever seen and to bounce Bartolomei somewhere into No-One-Knows Land.

The wheels started turning on Saturday night, Oct. 29, 1983, three weeks after the death of Lake County Sheriff Chris Anton. A total of 454 Lake County Democratic precinct committeemen met at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point to determine who would serve the remaining three years and two months of Anton`s term.

His widow, Anna, who worked for her husband in the sheriff`s civil division, made no bones about it. She wanted the job because she felt she was ``entitled to it.`` But Bartolomei-Rudy Bart, his friends called him-threw the big patronage post up for grabs when he declared that he, too, was a candidate. Bartolomei, then 60 but looking much younger with his dyed black hair, had been a precinct committeeman in Gary for 33 years, district captain for more than 25 years and had served as a county commissioner for 7. It was time to move up, and Sheriff Anton`s death from cancer created the long-awaited stepping-stone.



Dorothy Gillham, a longtime friend of Bartolomei and his administrative aide in the sheriff`s office, quoted Anna Anton as saying at the time, ``He either gets out of the race, or he will be reading about himself in the (Gary) Post-Tribune.`` Mrs. Anton, who is now the county auditor, says in a recent interview, ``I don`t ever remember saying that.``

In any event, Bartolomei wouldn`t budge. The precinct committeemen voted, and Bartolomei won by 10 votes-232 to 222. The first thing Bartolomei said after accepting his colleagues` congratulations was that he intended to get himself some police training. He added that he intended to run for election for a full term in 1986. As for the widow Anton, she could keep her job with the sheriff`s department. ``Rudy Bartolomei will take care of Annie Anton,`` the newly crowned sheriff triumphantly declared.








Bartolomei took the oath of office Nov. 1, and he had no sooner settled into Chris Anton`s old chair than the Gary FBI office began receiving anonymous telephone calls volunteering dibs and dabs of dirt about him:

``. . . Rudy got a woman named Tommie Jackson on the county payroll, but she`s really working as a maid for him and his wife in their house on Adams Avenue. . . .``

``. . . While he was commissioner, Rudy assigned county employees to do work for his family, on county time with county materials. . . .``

``. . . Three county employees sanded and varnished Rudy`s power boat, on taxpayers` time. . . .``

``. . . Rudy had county workers assembling outdoor political signs for his re-election campaign in 1980. . . .``

``. . . Rudy sent a county employee over to move furniture at his daughter`s apartment. . . .``

``. . . Three guys in county trucks moved furniture for Rudy`s sister from the family grocery in Gary to his sister`s home in Crown Point. . . .``

``. . . Rudy`s got county workers out at his lakeside cottage. They`re fixing windows, sanding and repainting the walls and rebuilding the stairs. . . .``

``. . . Rudy`s wife, Dorothy, directed a female county employee to make decorative shutters for their home in Gary. . . .``

Special Agent William O`Brien, a 13-year FBI veteran, fielded the calls. The office was getting too many for them to be the work of a crank, so he started checking them out. O`Brien determined that at least one county employee had indeed been at the Bartolomei cottage to repair a stairway. He also confirmed that the Bartolomeis did have a maid named Tommie Jackson and that she was being paid out of federal revenue sharing funds. One by one, the other allegations also checked out.

O`Brien shared the fruits of his investigation with R. Lawrence Steele, then U.S. attorney for Northern Indiana. Outraged at the feds` findings, Steele, a Republican, working closely with O`Brien and other FBI agents, assumed personal direction of a massive federal probe into the entrenched Democratic cabal that ran the county.

Steele, now an attorney in private practice in Merrillville, recalls the case vividly: ``Rudy Bartolomei was a power person, ruthless and arrogant. Here is a man who was the chief law enforcement officer of the county, and he had been breaking the law for years. What Bill O`Brien came up with was only the tip of the iceberg.``

In addition to availing himself of county patronage employees for personal and political ends, Bartolomei and other county officials were assessing workers 2 percent of their county wages, ostensibly for a ``flower fund`` for funerals and other occasions, in return for doling out promotions and other favors.






``In essence, the public was subsidizing their political campaign funds,`` says Steele. ``It was a tough case to put together. There were no tape recordings, and interviews had to be conducted with lots of people-people who asked for assurances that they would be protected. The county employees were being treated like serfs. They were the victims of a man who liked to play the power game of a feudal lord. I told them I knew they were afraid but that what was happening was wrong and they ought to cooperate.``

Eventually the investigation was expanded to include allegations that Bartolomei, an avid gun collector, had converted to his own use a number of weapons that his deputies and local police had confiscated on the streets. The sheriff was so proud of his collection that he couldn`t help boasting about it in a telephone chat with former Gary police officer Frank Jury. He didn`t realize that Jury was now part of the investigation, as an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

During the conversation, he told the ATF agent about weapons he kept in his office safe. And it wasn`t just any safe, mind you. It was a custom-built safe that Bartolomei had in his office as a county commissioner. He took it with him to his new office when he became sheriff



In the last week of April, 1984, ATF agents armed with search warrants obtained by the federal prosecutor raided the sheriff`s office. One warrant allowed agents to seize inventory records describing contraband confiscated during police investigations. The other authorized a search of Bartolomei`s custom-made safe.

In the safe, ATF agents found more than 70 weapons, mostly handguns-some of which had been been reported stolen but had not been listed on sheriff`s records as having been recovered by authorities-valued at well over $100,000. The cache was so vast that the raiders had to borrow a gurney from the coroner`s office down the hall to wheel away the evidence, a bedsheet draped over it like a cadaver. They also found an illegal gun silencer, a cheap homemade device. Rudy would rue the day he kept it around.








The investigation ground along for 10 more months, with more than 50 employees of the sheriff`s office and other county agencies being subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury sitting in Hammond. Bartolomei did his best to brazen it out, insisting he had no knowledge of the purpose of the probe.

What he didn`t know he found out on March 4, 1985, with the disclosure of a grand-jury indictment charging him with misuse of tens of thousands of dollars in county funds, both in kickback schemes and in the use of county employees to perform personal services for him and his family.

Specifically, Bartolomei was charged with 15 counts of racketeering, extortion, conspiracy, mail fraud and embezzlement of federal money. His wife, Dorothy, who had become chief bookkeeper in the sheriff`s office, was indicted for conspiracy, mail fraud and embezzlement. The mail-fraud charges stemmed from use of the mails to bill Lake County for repairs done to the Bartolomeis` personal property.

All of the charges related to Bartolomei`s years as a county commissioner, from 1977 until he took the sheriff`s oath in November of 1983. Bartolomei and his wife surrendered at the Hammond federal courthouse, accompanied by veteran Gary defense lawyer Max Cohen. ``The charges against these people are politically motivated, and the government has no credible evidence to back them up,`` Cohen assured a cluster of news reporters. In reality, however, it was the end of Rudy Bartolomei, in more ways than one.

Bartolomei was a lifelong resident of the Glen Park area of Gary, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a mom-and-pop grocery and meat market at Ridge Road and Washington Avenue since 1920. They called it Fresno`s, in honor of Fresno, Calif., a place that had struck their fancy. Rudy credited his strict upbringing and the family`s adherence to Old Country values and traditions with the fact that he never smoked, drank or gambled.

Rudy was the sausagemaker in the family store, starting as a teenager while attending Lew Wallace High School. He joined the Army immediately after getting his high school diploma in 1942 and served as a combat soldier in the South Pacific, where he won the Silver Star for gallantry. He returned to Gary when the war ended in 1945 and went to work full time at the sausage grinder. About that time his friends started kidding him about his thumb being on the scale as he weighed out his sausages, jocularity that he good-naturedly endured. The young war hero had bigger things in mind.

The following year Gary political candidate Lee B. ``Barney`` Clayton recruited the popular sausagemaker as a campaign worker on the precinct level in his bid for mayor. Clayton won the election, and Bartolomei was hooked on politics.






His ability to deliver votes for Democratic candidates won him the esteem of party bigwigs, and by 1954 he had become Democratic precinct committeeman in Gary`s 6th Councilmanic District. He was elected district captain in 1961 and held both posts until the end.

In 1968 County Assessor Sam Bushemi hired the young go-getter as a temporary deputy assessor for $30 a day. Six months later, when Bushemi died, the newly appointed assessor, Michael Jankovich, made Bartolomei his chief deputy. He subsequently served as president of the county drainage board and as a member of the county plan commission and toxicology laboratory.

In 1976, in his first bid for elective office, Bartolomei was elected 3d District commissioner, succeeding Martin Behnke, who did not seek re-election. He thus became the newest of the county`s three commissioners, endowed with authority to award millions of dollars in contracts for goods and services needed by the Lake County government.

Bartolomei had control of the building manager`s office of the Lake County Government Center, where he supervised certain employees. He was assisted by Dorothy Gillham, building coordinator, and his wife, Dorothy, who became his office manager. Among other things, the 15-count indictment against Bartolomei and his wife alleged that Gillham had to pay Rudy $1,100 for a pay raise.



He was re-elected in 1980 and held the position of commissioner until his fellow Democratic committeemen selected him to succeed Chris Anton as sheriff in the fall of 1983.

There were several flaps during Bartolomei`s term as sheriff, mainly over his hiring practices. Five Lake County Jail correctional officers were asked to resign in October of 1984 after a federal court monitor disclosed that two of the five had criminal records. It was also disclosed that Bartolomei`s son-in-law, William Henderson, and two others-both sons of prominent old-guard political cronies of the sheriff-were graded as the top scorers in oral and written examinations for jobs in the sheriff`s department.

It was never determined if the scores were rigged, but Bartolomei`s successor, Sheriff Stephen Stiglich, had seen enough. True to a pledge to make reforms, Stiglich turned over all job testing to an outside firm of professional law-enforcement consultants and instituted a program of psychological and lie-detector testing for all applicants.

Rudy, however, just laughed off any criticism of the way he ran the department.

His 1985 indictment over irregularities during his tenure as county commissioner, however, was a stunning comedown for the once high-flying political powerhouse. And the ink on the first indictment was hardly dry when another grand jury handed down a new indictment on March 21, charging he kept an illegal silencer for a .38-caliber handgun.




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That was a rhetorical question, right? Of course they're corrupt!


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Let's not under emphasize crooked cops, most notably the recent installment where county cops procured guns under false pretenses to sell the parts on eBay to whoever had the coin. Well at least suicides at the jail seem to have slowed down for now.

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Let's not forget that in acquiring a job with Lake County government, it is not one's knowledge and experience by which one lands a position with the county, but to whom one is connected that one lands a job with the county.

Case in point.

Earlier this year I applied for a position with a certain department. Never received a phone call for an interview.

On September 30th I learned that the person hired into the department was an employee transferred from another department. Which I understand.

However, the part that pissed me off is that said person is NOT a college graduate. This person is in a public enforcement position and literally holds other people's lives within said persons hands.

This is plain and simply wrong!!!!!

Don't unnecessarily consume my time by asking which department, because I won't say and it is irrelevant. What matters is that said person lacks any educational qualifications beyond high school and absolutely no relevant professional certifications.

With this being the caliber of employees Lake County government hires, no wonder why Lake County is the laughing stock of the state.

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Reminds me of Fowler getting a shot at 911 operator and washing out. At least you can give him credit for knowing it was a bad idea before actually putting anyone's life in jeopardy.

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Hey JCMT. Nice list of folks from Lake County in the pockie. You missed one very important person. How about Ed Brown from the Senior Mc Dermott group. What was he Contoller?. He took the rap for others. In open court he admitted he took in thousands each week to allow the poker machines to operate in Hammond. On the stand he said "but I didn't keep all the money". Without one word to ask who got the money. The Federal prosecutor, jumped up and said, that's our case you honor. Mr. Brown you are excused. Even the judge didn't ask who got the green bucks. What a set up that was. Sometimes, one has to wonder about the court system.


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newsflashkid wrote:
Hey JCMT. Nice list of folks from Lake County in the pockie. You missed one very important person. How about Ed Brown from the Senior Mc Dermott group. What was he Contoller?. He took the rap for others. In open court he admitted he took in thousands each week to allow the poker machines to operate in Hammond. On the stand he said "but I didn't keep all the money". Without one word to ask who got the money. The Federal prosecutor, jumped up and said, that's our case you honor. Mr. Brown you are excused. Even the judge didn't ask who got the green bucks. What a set up that was. Sometimes, one has to wonder about the court system.



Hey I came across the article some time ago, but I have been looking for it to re post. Thanks for the name.

Hey folks, yoru welcome to copy articles into this thread. Might be fun...... sorta like a treasure hunt. :smt003

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 Post subject: Re: Is Lake County Really Corrup?
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http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/8052055-418/hud-suspends-garys-community-development-director.html


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HUD suspends Gary’s Community Development director

By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent October 5, 2011 5:44PM
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Jacquelyn Drago-Hunter

Updated: October 6, 2011 1:59AM

GARY — Federal Housing and Urban Development officials on Tuesday suspended Jacqueline Drago-Hunter, head of Gary’s Community Development department, from handling any federal funds.

In a letter from a HUD official, Drago-Hunter was suspended for her October 2010 federal indictment for her suspected involvement in an alleged real estate fraud scheme.

City attorney Carl Jones, who also represents Community Development under a separate contract, said Drago-Hunter requested a leave from her post when she received the letter Tuesday morning.

It was unclear late Wednesday if Drago-Hunter was suspended with pay.

As head of Community Development, Drago-Hunter is responsible for administering millions of dollars of federal money to dozens of social service agencies.

“(The suspension) doesn’t prevent her from being a department head, but the transactions we deal with pretty much deal with federal funds,” Jones said.

Jones said he has been tapped to fill in for Drago-Hunter temporarily. His contract as the department’s attorney ended last Friday.

Her suspension from handling federal money began Sept. 30. The letter indicates Drago-Hunter can appeal the suspension.

“I have determined that your immediate suspension is necessary to protect the public interest,” wrote the HUD official. “The Indictment’s allegations evidence the Government faces a serious and immediate risk of harm if you are permitted to continue doing business with it.”

City officials have spent considerable time courting federal dollars to help demolish abandoned buildings and with its housing programs. Last year, former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and Mayor Rudy Clay hosted then-HUD deputy director Ron Simms in a much publicized tour of the city and its problems.

While Drago-Hunter is a city employee who reports to Clay, the mayor said his administration will leave it up to HUD to determine if she should be paid during her suspension.

HUD spokesman Jerry Brown said keeping Drago-Hunter on the payroll may not have hurt the city’s chances of getting money, but the city can ill afford many more public black eyes if it wants help from the federal government.

“Gary has some people really committed to rebuilding Gary and getting it back on track,” Brown said. “Gary has to help itself by cleaning up its act. It’s going to take that type of commitment in building its track record if the city is going to continue getting federal funds.”

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Former Merrillville attorney indicted by feds

BY Teresa Auch Schultz tauch@post-trib.com October 3, 2011 8:44PM
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The closed Edgewater Medical Center at 5700 W. Ashland in Chicago photographed July 13, 2010.| File Photo~Sun-Times Media

Updated: October 4, 2011 1:59AM

Merrillville’s former town attorney and another local man were charged Monday in Chicago in connection with their roles in hiding money from federal investigators and a bank, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

Frederick M. Cuppy, 70, a former Merrillville attorney, and Peter G. Rogan, 65, formerly of Valparaiso, are accused of hiding funds so that Rogan could avoid paying $188 million in judgment awarded against him in 2006.

Rogan, who has been detained in Canada since 2008 while he is going through an immigration battle to stay in that country, was the owner of Edgewater Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, which closed in 2001 and filed for bankruptcy.

Several employees, including four doctors and a vice president, connected with the hospital were later convicted of various health insurance fraud counts. Rogan was not charged at the time, but the U.S. government did sue him in 2002, claiming he was responsible for the millions of dollars of fraudulent claims submitted to Medicaid.

A federal judge ordered Rogan to pay $64 million after deciding that Rogan obstructed justice by lying and destroying documents. He was also ordered in a separate case to pay $124 million to a bank that had financed the hospital,

However, when both the bank and government tried to collect money from the offshore accounts for the Peter G. Rogan Irrevocable Trust, both Rogan and Cuppy told them that they did not have any authority over the cash in the accounts or ready access to it, authorities said.

The indictment says differently, claiming they did have authority over the accounts, which included about $28 million in 2002, and that Rogan paid himself and his wife $11 million out of it from 2002 to 2006. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said that Cuppy helped set up the trust in the Bahamas in 1996.

Cuppy was charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, three counts of perjury and three counts of obstruction of justice. Rogan was charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

Cuppy was arrested and appeared before a federal magistrate judge Monday in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he now lives. He is being held without bond. Rogan is still in Vancouver.

The indictment comes about 31/2 years after a criminal complaint was filed against Rogan.

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The follow article was found by Freetime. A real good view at how things work.

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HAMMOND - Hammond officials were tainted again Tuesday in the Michael Mokol-Reginald Kinkade gambling conspiracy trial as jurors continued to listen Tuesday to tape recordings.

It was the second day of listening to tapes made by FBI informant Timothy Janowsky as he wore a hidden wire while meeting with various figures in the case which concerns the illegal use of video gaming equipment in Lake County in
the early 1980s.

Mokol and Kinkade face federal charges of conspiring to limit the lucrative video poker business in Lake County to essentially three operators: Janowsky, Kinkade and Charles Hescher.

The government considers Mokol the key negotiator for then-Sheriff Rudy Bartolomei, alleging that bribes were paid to have the sheriff's department assure the three arcade operators maintained a monopoly. It allegedly was enforced by raiding taverns using machines from other.

It's also charged Kinkade paid a $33,000 bribe to Mokol for this police protection of exclusive territories, which earlier testimony indicates began in October 1984. Tapes played Tuesday while the jury read along with a transcript began in
November 1984 when Kinkade, Janowsky and Hescher agreed among themselves to pay Bartolomei $300 a week each for the protection.

Just before Thanksgiving that year, Janowsky met with Mokol. While no money reportedly has been exchanged, Janowsky elicits a promise from Mokol on a method to establish new business territories for him and Kinkade. He said Hescher met independently with Bartolomei.

On the tape, Mokol talked about his political ambition of succeeding Bartolomei as sheriff if anything happened to Bartolomei, saying Stephen R. "Bob" Stiglich has already made a deal with Bartolomei not to run against him.

Mokol told Janowsky to deal through him for Paul Guernsey. Guernsey was working at the time in the Hammond Superior Court Civil Division while Mokol was chief of the sheriff's police.

"Rudy's very shaky," Mokol said. “My headache is the sheriff." Later that day, Janowsky called Kinkade about the Mokol meeting. He described Mokol's position as still unsure.

"He's not real bright," Kinkade said of Mokol. "That's good for us."

Kinkade and Mokol attended the same high school at the same time.

Another meeting with Janowsky and Kinkade took place in December. Kinkade said he met with Mokol and gave him $4,000 for the exclusive territories. He said Hescher contributed $1,000.

"I told him (Mokol) I'd take care of him the first time, and after that you see him, and I'm gonna see him," Kinkade said.
Then Kinkade explained how easy it was to do business in Hammond.

"I see one person in Hammond," Kinkade said, “and I don't care how they split it."

He said that one man was "Ratty." I don't trust that mayor (Thomas McDermott) from Hammond," Kinkade said,
"... and he's a gambler."

He then told about an incident when he received a call from McDermott and left his home at 2 a.m. to go to the Woodmar Country Club to loan money to McDermott who had lost $3,700 in a card game.

"They have a game in there. All prominent people. I mean presidents of companies. Joe Kotso," Kinkade said on the tape. "They're all a bunch of thieves, but I don't deal with them.

"I deal with Ratty," Kinkade said, identifying him as "Ed Brown, the city controller of Hammond."

Kinkade also bragged of carrying a Hammond policeman as part of his payroll.[/size]

"He's a detective in internal affairs," Kinkade said. "That way, if a cop's taking a bribe, he investigates it."

Kinkade said the system in South Chicago is simpler. He said you pay $100 a machine for everything.

"You deal with the lieutenant over there," Kinkade said, "Call him Charlie. He's (former Alderman Edward) Vrdolyak's bagman."

Kinkade then took credit for the crackdown on drugs and prostitutes in Hammond under the McDermott administration.

"That way we run clean," Kinkade said. “No PTA, no churches, nobody bitching.

"East Chicago's lost it." In another meeting with Janowsky, Kinkade said a deal had been cut with

Bartolomei. In that situation, he said Vince Kirrin bypassed Mokol and went

straight to Bartolomei.

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 Post subject: Re: 62 LC Officials & Insiders Convicted or under Indictment
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http://www.nwitimes.com/uncategorized/article_c9e38ff7-e7e9-5f94-a9de-dd4002bcd2b3.html

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MYLINDA CANE and DEBRA GRUSZECKI | Posted: Friday, February 15, 1991 12:00 am | No Comments Posted

HAMMOND - Mayor Thomas McDermott (SR) was "absolutely not" the focus of grand

jury testimony given Tuesday by former Hammond attorney Stephen R. Goot, Goot's

lawyer said.

C. Jerome Smith responded to reports that Goot was expected to talk about

his ties with McDermott, whose name surfaced last year during a racketeering

and bribery trial of a video poker machine owner and a former Lake County

police chief.

Now serving the third year of a 20-year sentence for ticket fixing, Goot

appeared for the first time since his conviction before a federal grand jury,

Smith said.

Goot and McDermott became friends and political allies around the time

McDermott was the city court administrator, say Hammond political insiders.

McDermott was appointed to the post after he helped run Joseph P. Allegretti's

campaign in 1979 for city judge.

Goot, who once was affiliated with a law firm involving Allegretti, remained

McDermott's friend in the mayoral election. Goot served as the city's water

board lawyer until the federal investigation that led to his conviction on

ticket fixing.

Although the grand jury proceedings are secret, Smith said he knows the

focus of the government's probe was not McDermott. However, some of the

questions could have been about McDermott, he said.

Smith, the current Hammond Water Board lawyer, also has been politically

aligned with McDermott. He played a key role in McDermott's first mayoral

campaign, and was named corporation counsel at $25,000 a year in December 1983

after McDermott won the election.

McDermott said Thursday that he remains confident he is not the target of a

grand jury investigation. He said suggestions that he is a target of a probe

are "so ludicrous that I feel stupid even answering them."

McDermott said he has no knowledge of what Goot told the grand jury. He said

he has not been told he is the target of a grand jury investigation, and he has

not been asked to testify.

Goot answered a broad range of questions covering a variety of topics during

the grand jury proceedings, Smith said. "He told me it (the questioning) was

very disjointed."

Goot also was questioned about whether he gave a newspaper information

suggesting that his ties to McDermott would be discussed, and to that,

according to Smith , Goot said "no, he hadn't taken any calls at the MCC

(Metropolitan Correction Center) from reporters."

Goot has been held at the MCC for the past month, waiting to testify, Smith

said.

"That's how off the wall it (the newspaper report) is," Smith said. "That's

just so silly when someone's reputation is harmed by innuendo - it's painful."

Goot has filed a motion to reduce his 20-year sentence, one of the stiffest

given to the 16 people convicted in the Operation Bar Tab investigation of

corruption in Lake County courts. Although Goot has cooperated by answering any

questions that were asked of him, the government has not been granted promises,

assurances or a deal, Smith said.

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 Post subject: Re: 64 LC Officials & Insiders Convicted or under Indictment
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Will the bad guys get a break for a bit?

http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2008/07/ind_courts_tax.html


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Ind. Courts - "Tax accounting trio unsung heroes in region's public corruption fight"

Andy Grimm of the Gary Post-Tribune has an interesting report today featuring the FBI tax accountants behind the Lake County anti-corruption efforts. The story begins:

If you follow Northwest Indiana's colorful, larcenous political history, you know the names: Operation Bar-Tab, Operation Lights Out, Operation Restore Public Integrity.

By one name or another, federal investigators have taken down elected officials and political players for decades: judges who fixed tickets for cash, mayors who took kickbacks on municipal projects, insiders who took money for the judicious use of clout.

The common thread that binds them, and the one that hung them out to dry, are a trio of tax accountants you've never heard of: Harry Bigda, Paul Drapac and Al Johnson.

For a combined 120 years, the three IRS revenue agents have burrowed through reams of documents like moles in a flower bed, looking for the ill-gotten gains of public officials and their cronies.

Bigda retired in January, Drapac earlier this month, and Johnson -- the senior member of the trio with 42 years -- will wind up his career in August.

"It's a tremendous loss. These three guys have been with me since the first day," said U.S. Attorney David Capp, who led Operation Lights Out in the 1980s and took over Restore Public Integrity this year when he was appointed to replace Joseph Van Bokkelen.

"To me they are the heart of our public corruption efforts, these behind-the-scenes guys, doing the heavy lifting."

Behind-the-scenes doesn't begin to describe the workplace the three shared in the basement of the Hammond federal building, a windowless room stacked with over-stuffed banker's boxes.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Lake County Really Corrup?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:26 am 
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Let's not under emphasize crooked cops, most notably the recent installment where county cops procured guns under false pretenses to sell the parts on eBay to whoever had the coin. Well at least suicides at the jail seem to have slowed down for now.



Excellent point, and you're absolutely right, but they are not elected officials and/or the knuckle draggers riding on a politician's coattails.

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