More Corruption Indictments in Northwest Indiana

June 23, 2006

Federal and state prosecutors in Northwest Indiana today are expected to announce a new round of corruption indictments.

An Indiana state audit shows that the former head of the Gary, Indiana Urban Enterprise Association, Jojuana Meeks, gave herself lavish perks, unapproved salary bonuses and used an agency credit card to buy personal items. For the past two years, the Indiana attorney general's office has been investigating Meeks.

The agency, GUEA, started in the 1980's to help improve a blighted Gary neighborhood. The group owns property and has more than $10 million in assets. Meeks is no longer with GUEA.

U.S. Attorney Joe Van Bokkelen and Lake County, Indiana Prosecutor Bernard Carter will hold a press conference in Hammond to announce charges against Meeks and one other former GUEA official.