An East Chicago
resident formerly responsible for collecting bond money for the Merrillville
Town Court has been sentenced to more than two years in a federal prison
after pleading guilty to theft from a government entity receiving federal
funds and to making false statements on a tax return, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
43, was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison and three years of
supervised release and ordered to pay $176,763.07 in restitution to the Town
of Merrillville, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
documents filed in this case, during Ms. Crenshaw’s tenure of collecting
bond money for the Merrillville Town Court, in excess of 400 criminal cases
were not docketed in the court system because the bond money was stolen and
no criminal case was ever docketed,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Ms.
Crenshaw essentially engaged in a Ponzi scheme by shuffling bond money from
one case to another in attempts to conceal her theft, allowing her to steal
even more money.”
The case was
investigated by the FBI, the IRS, and the Indiana State Police.