Ind. (AP) — The state has turned over to the city of East Chicago $331,000
that it has collected from former Mayor Robert Pastrick and his
co-defendants in a civil racketeering case known as "sidewalks for votes."
Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his predecessor, Steve Carter, presented
the money Thursday to East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and Council
President Lenny Franciski. Zoeller's office says it turned over more than
$145,000 collected from Pastrick and more than $186,000 from settlements
and judgments paid by Pastrick's co-defendants.
represents less than 1.4 percent of the $24 million that state auditors
determined Pastrick and others stole from the city to pave sidewalks and
trim trees, some on private property, to win favor from voters.
seeking comment was left with Patrick's attorney.