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Schererville restaurant owners sentenced in federal court

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The Illinois couple who bought the Paragon restaurant in Schererville have been sentenced in federal court after being found guilty of bringing in and harboring aliens, mail fraud, and monetary transactions in criminally derived property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Michael McClellan, 40, of Richton Park, Ill., was sentenced to 51 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $212,675.68 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Of that amount, $203,844.77 “shall be joint and several” with his co-defendant, Tina McClellan, 38, also of Richton Park, who for her part was sentenced to a single day of time served and two years of supervised released with one year of that period to be served in home detention, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to documents filed in this case, McClellan and his wife submitted false bills to the State of Illinois and Healthy Start for child care services,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “They used more than $10,000 of fraud proceeds to buy the Paragon Restaurant in Schererville. At the restaurant, Michael filed false reports with Indiana Work Force Development not reporting the illegal aliens he paid in cash.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Labor.



Posted 6/23/2014