- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a former northwestern Indiana official to a year in prison for extorting bribes and giving a self-service laundry an illegal tax refund.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (https://bit.ly/2gMPzxr ) Judge Philip Simon imposed the sentence Friday on former Calumet Township deputy assessor Pamela Griffin Frizzelle. The 54-year-old Merrillville woman must report to prison by Feb. 3 and pay $7,178.00 in restitution.

Frizzelle pleaded guilty July 15 to three counts of extortion under a plea agreement in which prosecutors dropped four additional charges against her and agreed to a reduced sentence . She had faced a maximum prison term of 20 years.

Frizzelle admitted she solicited cash from the laundry’s owner in October 2014 in exchange for convincing her supervisors the business deserved a reduced tax assessment.


Information from: The Times, https://www.nwitimes.com

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