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Former Calumet Township Trustee employee sentenced

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A former employee of the Calumet Township Trustee’s Office has been sentenced to one year of probation, after a federal jury convicted her in April 2018 of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Ethel Shelton, 74, of Gary, must live under court-imposed conditions for one year and pay a $2,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $15,000 jointly and severally with her co-defendants.

“According to records in the case, Shelton was employed by the Calumet Township Trustee’s Office from 2003 to 2014, and served as Executive Secretary for Trustee Mary Elgin,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “During this time, Shelton and other township employees diverted the resources of the Trustee’s Office by doing private campaign work for Elgin at work, using public facilities and equipment, and while being paid with public funds. Shelton also participated in a scheme to solicit and pressure township employees to repay a portion of their wages to support Elgin’s reelection efforts in exchange for continued job security.”

Elgin and her son, Steven Hunter, previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Alex Wheeler, who was also charged in this case, was acquitted at trial.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service.



Posted 11/21/2019




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