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Northwest Indiana public officials indicted

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A sweeping indictment unsealed Thursday accuses a Hammond city councilman of accepting kickbacks to steer city contracts toward a local business, a Gary councilwoman of failing to file tax returns for 20 years, and others of filing faulty tax returns.

Hammond Councilman Alfonso Salinas, Gary Councilwoman Marilyn Krusas and East Chicago Councilman Juda Parks were all indicted on charges of failing to file tax returns. Salinas also is facing bribery charges.

A former Merrillville town court clerk, the former head of the East Chicago library and a Munster contractor also were indicted following an investigation by the U.S. attorney into tax fraud.

Salinas, 52, a city council member in Hammond since 1995, is accused of steering $310,000 toward a Munster tree-cutting service in exchange for a $10,500 kickback.

CORRECTION: Earlier today, Fox Chicago inaccurately reported that Hammond Mayor, Thomas McDermott Jr., was among those indicted. Mayor McDermott Jr. was not indicted or charged with any crime, and Fox Chicago regrets the error.

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