December 5, 2017-According to a release from United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, Robert E. Stochel, age 64, of Crown Point, Indiana was sentenced before District Court Senior Judge James T. Moody for mail fraud. “According to documents filed in this case, Stochel, a local attorney, and former Tip Top Supermarket receiver was convicted on a charge of mail fraud relating to a scheme he operated from 2001 to June 2012 against the Tip Top Receivership estate. In his capacity as receiver, Stochel stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the
receivership and then attempted to hide that theft from not only the court that appointed him receiver but also from the receivership’s beneficiaries. Stochel was convicted after a 3-day jury trial in May of 2017.”
Stochel was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $229,091.97.