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.
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.