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Updated: April 3, 2013 6:12AM



Federal attorneys are fighting former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot’s quest to stay out of prison pending the appeal of his federal conviction.

Philpot, who was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison, filed a request in the U.S. District Court in Hammond to not report for that sentence until the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has heard his case.

Appeals cases can take months to a year before an order is issued, and U.S. District Judge James Moody ordered Philpot to report to prison by April 3.

Philpot said in his motion he’s proven he’s not a flight risk and he will raise substantial questions in his appeal.

The government’s response disputes that, however, saying the appeals court is not likely to agree with Philpot, and therefore his request for bond should be denied.

A federal jury convicted Philpot in August of illegally paying himself $24,703 from a state fund used to give bonuses to county employees who help collect child support. Federal attorneys argued that Philpot, who then served as Lake County clerk, paid himself from that fund without the permission of the Lake County Council, whose approval is needed by law for elected officials to do so.

Moody did dismiss in February two of the five counts against Philpot because the government did not provide enough evidence but ruled the other three counts still stood.



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