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Gets a year in prison for bribing Hammond official

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A Munster resident has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to payment of a bribe to an agent of a local government receiving federal funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

David Johnson, 58, was sentenced last week to a year and a day in prison, one year of supervised release, and a $6,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to documents filed in this case, Johnson, owner of Dave’s Tree Service, made a series of payments to Hammond City Councilman Alfonso Salinas in order to secure future business from the city,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Hammond’s records confirmed that the city had paid Dave’s Tree Service more than $300,000 during a roughly two year period, and that Salinas had authorized most of the work. During an interview with IRS agents, Johnson admitted bribing Salinas.”

Salinas, for his part, was previously sentenced to 42 months after pleading guilty to accepting $10,600 in bribes and to not filing tax returns since 2006.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.


Posted 2/10/2014