The former treasurer of the School City of East Chicago has been sentenced
to five months in federal prison after pleading guilty to receipt of a bribe
by an agent of a local government receiving federal funds, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
Last week, Francisco Ramirez, 50, was sentenced to five months in prison and
one year of supervised release, the latter to include five months of home
detention, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Ramirez was also ordered to pay $4,108.50 in restitution.
According to court documents, Gerardo Lozano, operator of Greentree
Builders, performed free home improvement work at Ramirez’s residence in
return for contracts and payments to Greentree from the School City of East
“Ramirez created the work and made sure that the School City could pay for
it,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In the end, it cost the School City
more than $173,000. Ramirez handled almost all of the paperwork, including
the payment claim forms. The agreement also called for Lozano to overbill
the School City.”
Lozano, for his part, pleaded guilty to paying a bribe to a local government
official receiving federal funds. He was sentenced last month to 21 months
in prison and one year of supervised release and ordered to make restitution