Ex-Town Court Clerk Sentenced To Prison For Theft

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February 25, 2014 — A 43-year-old Merrillville woman who stole more than $175-thousand while she was the Merrillville Town Court Clerk will spend two and a half years in federal prison.

A judge in Hammond sentenced Virlissa Crenshaw yesterday, and she reportedly cried during her court hearing.

Crenshaw pleaded guilty to using her Town Court position to steal the money from bond payments made by defendants who had been arrested on misdemeanors, like DWI or battery.

Prosecutors also accused her of stealing from other defendants’ bond payments to pay back some of those she had stolen from, and lying on her income tax returns.  They also brought up during her sentencing hearing the $18-thousand  in book rental and gym fees from a previous employer, the School City of East Chicago, about 10 years ago.  She was never charged for the the school district thefts.

Crenshaw reportedly used the stolen money to gamble.


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