HAMMOND – A sweeping indictment released 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 after an investigation by the U.S. attorney.
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. He is charged with receipt of a bribe by an agent of a local government receiving federal funds.