Gary departments subpoenaed five times this year
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 6, 2012 3:46PM
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:24AM
The city of Gary has been subpoenaed five times since the beginning of the year, according to an official.
Spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington said in response to questions by the Post-Tribune that the city’s Community Development program and controller’s office received the subpoenas, sent on Jan. 3, May 11, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Oct. 11.
Whittington said she could not say what the subpoenas were for.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the subpoenas, part of federal investigations, have all been requests for documents and the city has complied with each one. City employees have been instructed to always comply in a timely manner to such requests, she said.
None of the subpoenas have been for someone to testify before a grand jury that she knows of, Freeman-Wilson said.
The mayor added that subpoenas often deal with matters that happened two to three years ago and that the city has also alerted officials whenever they saw something suspicious.
“(However), the subpoenas we’ve seen quite frankly are not in reference to the observations we’ve made,” she said.
Gary Common Councilwoman Marilyn Krusas was charged in U.S. District Court in Hammond on Oct. 3 with one count of tax evasion, but it is unknown if any of the subpoenas dealt with Krusas.