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East Chicago receives $331K seized from Pastrick

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) The state has turned over to the city of East Chicago $331,000 that it has collected from former Mayor Robert Pastrick and his co-defendants in a civil racketeering case known as "sidewalks for votes."

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his predecessor, Steve Carter, presented the money Thursday to East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and Council President Lenny Franciski. Zoeller's office says it turned over more than $145,000 collected from Pastrick and more than $186,000 from settlements and judgments paid by Pastrick's co-defendants.

The payment represents less than 1.4 percent of the $24 million that state auditors determined Pastrick and others stole from the city to pave sidewalks and trim trees, some on private property, to win favor from voters.

A message seeking comment was left with Patrick's attorney.