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Philpot reports to Michigan prison early

Philpot

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Updated: April 22, 2013 12:16PM



Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot has reported to prison early, according to government records.

Philpot was not scheduled to report until early next month, and his attorneys have already filed a motion asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison pending the result of his appeal to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

However, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ website says Philpot, 55, has already checked himself into the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Mich.

His attorney Leonard Goodman said he and other attorneys are still moving forward with the bond motion. If granted, Philpot would be released from prison.

Leonard said that from what he understands, Philpot wanted to join an alcohol rehabilitation program starting and opted to begin his sentence early so he could take part in it.

“I know that he’s very concerned that he gets a program for alcohol addiction,” Goodman said.

Philpot is serving an 18-month sentence after a federal jury convicted him on three counts of theft and mail fraud. Federal attorneys argued he knowingly paid himself while serving as the Lake County clerk from a state account used to give bonuses to county employees who help collect child support. Elected officials are prohibited from doing so by law without the approval of their fiscal body, which Philpot did not have.



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