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Pabey Pleads Not Guilty

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The mayor of a Northwest Indiana city is free on bond after appearing in a federal courtroom earlier today.

George Pabey walked out of the Federal Courthouse in Hammond this morning not saying a word to reporters.

Pabey, the mayor of East Chicago, entered a not guilty plea on a four-count indictment and was released on a $20-thousand bond.

Pabey is alleged to have used city services, employees and city funds to restore a second home he owns with his daughter in the neighboring city of Gary.

Another East Chicago city employee is indicted in the scheme. One of Pabey’s defense attorneys is former Gary Mayor Scott King.

Pabey is in his fifth year as mayor of East Chicago. He came into office touting reform, determined to bring economic prosperity to his struggling industrial city.

Instead, Pabey joins a long line of East Chicago elected and appointed officials to have been tied to scandal and criminally indicted.

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