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.
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
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.