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Former Lake County sheriff John Buncich resentenced to 12 years

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Former Lake County sheriff John Buncich, 74, has been re-sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison, following a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5 upholding Buncich’s conviction on two counts of wire fraud and one of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Buncich was re-sentenced to 151 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $800 in restitution and a fine of $35,000.

Buncich agreed to forfeiture in the amount of $38,000 as part of this federal prosecution.

“Buncich betrayed the public trust when he took bribes for personal gain,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch II said. “The sentence imposed today should send a strong message of deterrence to others who might consider engaging in the same illegal conduct as Buncich. We will continue to be vigilant and aggressive in our effort’s to root out public corruption wherever it exists across our district.”

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division.


Posted 8/6/2020




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