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Mayor of East Chicago to Plead Not Guilty

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Corruption charges are hitting another Northwest Indiana politician. This is the first major indictment announced by the area’s new U.S. attorney.

David Capp’s been the U.S. Attorney for Northern Indiana for a little more than a month. He was nominated by President Barack Obama.

Some wondered if Capp would be as tough on political corruption as his predecessor Joseph Van Bokkelen. That question was answered Wednesday when a four-count indictment was announced by Capp’s office against the mayor of East Chicago, Indiana George Pabey, once hailed as a reformer.

Pabey is alleged to have used city employees and services for work done to a second home he owns in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. In a statement, Pabey says he plans to plead not guilty and will fight the allegations. Pabey will appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in Hammond this morning for his initial appearance.

Capp served as Van Bokkelen’s first assistant earlier this decade in the prosecution of dozens of Northwest Indiana politicians on corruption charges.

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