VanTil Pleads Not-Guilty To Public Corruption
Lake County Surveyor George VanTil pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in Hammond to charges of public corruption. He was indicted on Friday with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of obstruction of justice.
U-S Attorney David Capp told reporters that they believe VanTil used county employees and resources as part of his 20-08 and 20-12 re-election campaigns. The indictment states that among the allegations, VanTil paid an employee $100 to remove a hard drive from a county computer.
In a statement released through his attorney Scott King, VanTil says that after winning 18 elections and 40 years in public service he is now facing a fight for his reputation against allegations stemming from more than a year of relentless federal investigation using the government’s unlimited resources. He says he is determined to fight the allegations against him with “the single most powerful resource that I have available: The Truth.”
George VanTil is currently free on an unsecured $20,000 bond. He’s scheduled to go on trial on July 29th.