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Hammond official sentenced on bribery and tax charges

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Hammond city councilman to 42 months in prison for taking a bribe and not filing federal income tax returns.

Al Salinas was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond after he pleaded guilty in May to not filing tax returns since 2006 and to taking $10,600 in bribes to steer city tree-trimming contracts to one business.

The Post-Tribune and The Munster Times report an Internal Revenue Service investigator, Steven Martinez, testified that except for two years, Salinas didn’t file tax returns from 2002 to 2011.

Salinas apologized, saying he was a bad bookkeeper and had a busy schedule.

However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Bell said Salinas “is a corrupt politician and he’s a tax cheat.”

Salinas must report to prison on Oct. 1.

Posted 8/14/2013