Criminal Justice

Former Merrillville Official Sentenced to Jail

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February 28th — A former Merrillville Town Clerk has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of theft from a local government entity and making false statements on a tax return. Virlissa Crenshaw, 43, of East Chicago pled guilty to the charges in October 2012. According to court documents, Crenshaw stole bond money paid to the court and engaged in a Ponzi – like scheme by shuffling bond money from one case to another in attempts to conceal her theft. Records also indicate that while Crenshaw served as clerk, more than 400 criminal cases were not docketed in the court system because the bond money was stolen and no criminal case was ever docketed. Senior District Judge James Moody also sentenced Crenshaw to pay $176,763.07 in restitution to the town of Merrillville.

By: Sarah Holst



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