Pursuant to a former Order, the parties had until March 31, 2017 to reach a plea agreement. The current Order states “Parties inform the Court that a resolution has not been reached”
April 4, 2017-According to a minute entry in the court docket, former Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin and co-defendant Steven Hunter will go to trial in US District Court in Hammond on May 8, 2017. Steven Hunter is Mary Elgin’s son who worked as an information technology specialist in her office. The trial setting comes after a telephonic pre-trial conference in which counsel for each side informed the Court that “a resolution has not been reached” according to the docket entry.
In May, 2014, Federal Agents raided the office of then Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin. Elgin continued in her bid for re-election but was unseated by current Trustee Kimberly Robinson. Elgin is charged in a 15 count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud, conspiracy to commit extortion and income tax violations. “The indictment alleges that Elgin and the other defendants conspired to commit wire fraud by utilizing employees of the trustee’s office, while these employees were being paid a salary from public funds, to work on Elgin’s fundraising and re-election efforts. In addition, the indictment alleges that these defendants conspired to deprive the citizens of Calumet Township of their right to the honest and faithful services of these defendants. Additionally, the indictment alleges these defendants also conspired to extort trustee office employees by forcing them to purchase political fundraising tickets” the United States Attorney explained at the time the charges were filed.
At a March 15, 2017, the United States Attorney stated that a plea agreement would be offered to all Defendants and that plea agreement would only be available until March 31, 2017.
Citizens who have any information about any perceived wrongdoing are urged to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (219) 769-3719. All calls will be treated confidentially.
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