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Ex-Merrillville councilman pleads guilty to bribery

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- A former northwest Indiana town councilman has pleaded guilty to bribery for his role in an influence-buying scheme for towing contracts.


The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 51-year-old Thomas Goralczyk entered the plea Wednesday in federal court. He admitted in a plea agreement that he accepted two vehicles from a witness cooperating with the FBI on the promise he would use his influence as a Merrillville councilman to steer a towing contract to the informant's towing company.

His sentencing is set for May 16. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release,

Goralczyk was first elected as a councilman in 2007 and served as president of the council in 2011 and 2015. He lost a re-election bid in 2015.

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

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