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Philpot closer to freedom; placed in residential program

Former Lake County official Thomas Philpot arrives his sentencing hearing last year. |  Post-Tribune File Photo

Former Lake County official Thomas Philpot arrives at his sentencing hearing last year. | Post-Tribune File Photo

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Updated: March 3, 2014 5:31PM



Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot is closer to freedom after being transferred into the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Residential Reentry Management program.

Philpot, 56, is serving an 18-month sentence after a federal jury found him guilty in 2012 of illegally paying himself, when he served as Lake County clerk, about $24,000 from a fund meant to reimburse county employees who help collect child support payments.

The Residential Reentry Management in Chicago oversees inmates transitioning from prison to release by being placed in home confinement, residential reentry centers and other options. It was unclear which program Philpot was placed in or when he was moved, although a search of BOP records earlier this month showed he was still in prison at that time.

A message left with the RRM office in Chicago was not returned, and his attorney Leonard Goodman could not be reached for comment.

Philpot began serving his sentence in March when he reported to the Federal Correctional Institute in Milan, Mich., in March, meaning he is now about 10 months through his sentence.

Federal sentencing rules say defendants must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, which in Philpot’s case is about 15 months. BOP records say his estimated release date is July 7, which would be about 15 to 16 months.

Once he is released, Philpot must serve two years on supervised release.



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