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Montalvo Gets Probation For False Tax Claims

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November 6, 2013 — Former East Chicago Public Library Executive Director Manny Montalvo will serve 24 months of probation, including four months of home confinement, for lying about more than $30,000 of claims on his federal income tax return.

Hammond Federal Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen said in court Tuesday that he thought the former public servant got off somewhat easy with the sentence, but he said prosecutors asked for more lenient terms.

Montalvo told the judge that he got caught up in drinking, eating out with people and always picking up the tab.  He said the fraudulent claims to his 2009 tax returns were made to help compensate.

Van Bokkelen told the 38-year-old Montalvo that although he did not specifically use his public office as part of his crime, he still abused it by sending the message that public officials are tax cheats.

 

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