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Former Hammond official sentenced to 37 months

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A Kalkaska, Mich., woman who worked as a supervisor of the Hammond Housing Authority has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for theft of federal funds and tax evasion, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Michelle Seljan, 47, was sentenced to 37 months and two years of supervised release. She was also sentenced to pay $633,628 in restitution to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and $201,696 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

“According to documents in this case, from about 2013 to 2015, Seljan worked as a supervisor at the Hammond Housing Authority,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “She embezzled Housing Authority funds by using their computers to divert $633,628 of Housing Authority funds to bank accounts she had created. During that same time, she attempted to evade federal income taxes by submitting tax returns that failed to report the embezzled income.”

“Seljan stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Hammond Housing Authority,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said. “Her greed earned her a lengthy prison sentence. My office has zero tolerance for public officials who abuse their positions for personal financial gain. Our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively investigate, while we will continue to prosecute those who betray the public trust.”

The case is being investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.


Posted 12/20/2018




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