May 4, 2018-United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch announced today that a former Hammond Housing Authority entered a plea of guilty to charges of stealing over $600,000 from the Hammond Housing Authority. According to the statement, Michelle Seljan, 47, of Hammond, Indiana, was charged by information with theft of federal funds and tax evasion in US District Court. Contemporaneously with the charges, a plea agreement was announced.
According to documents in this case, from 2013 through 2016, Ms. Seljan embezzled approximately $633,628 from the Hammond Housing Authority. Ms. Seljan had funds sent from the Hammond Housing Authority to bank accounts she created and made those transactions appear to be legitimate housing assistance recipient payments. During the same time period, Seljan misreported her income, evading more than $200,000 in federal taxes.
According to records maintained by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, Ms. Seljan was deputy director at the Hammond Housing Authority in 2015. Her salary was listed as $72,912.00.
A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.