Elgin, Three Other Corruption Indictees Appear In Court

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December 23, 2014 — Lakeshore Public Media staff —

Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Hammond to charges that she used her public office for personal gain.  Elgin entered the plea during her initial appearance.

A federal grand jury indicted Elgin and three employees, including her son, last week.  Elgin faces 15 counts related to public corruption.

The “Post-Tribune” reports she did not speak much during the short hearing, answering “yes” to the judge’s questions about whether she understood the charges against her.  Her attorney, Kevin Milner, said after the hearing that Elgin had been aware of the investigation and cooperated with federal agents.  Prosecutors say they expect her trial to take about three weeks to conduct.

Steven Hunter, Elgin’s son and deputy of information systems and technology for the township… Ethel Shelton, Elgin’s secretary… and Alex Wheeler, the director of the township trustee’s Job Search Works… also appeared for initial court appearances yesterday.


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