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Sheriff: Commissary Fund Under Control

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Federal Prosecutors handed down indictments May 17, 13 in three separate public corruption cases, including a Roman Perez, 41, of Crown Point, owner of Roman Art, Inc., who was charged with filing false statements under oath and filing false tax returns. Federal prosecutors said Perez underestimated his 2007 tax returns by $110,108, with the money coming from payments coming in part from the Lake County Sheriff’s commissary fund. The sheriff’s commissary fund had been under scrutiny for years, mainly because, until recently, it was controlled by the sheriff.  Lake County Sheriff John Buncich told the Lakeshore’s Steve Walsh that the case stems from a state Board of Accounts audit of the fund from before he took office and that the fund is now under control.

He also said the two officers put on leave during a gun-running investigation that netted three other Sheriff’s officers in 2011, have opted to retire. A Philadelphia gun dealer charged in a separate indictment, which also came out Friday.


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