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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decided a second Indiana case yesterday

This appeal concerns the sentence of the former Lake County Clerk. The ILB has had a number of earlier entries about Mr. Philpot.

In UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. THOMAS R. PHILPOT (ND Ind., Moody), a 24-page opinion, Judge Flaum writes:

Thomas Philpot, the former Clerk of Lake County, Indiana, took approximately $25,000 in incentive payments from a federally funded child‐support fund without the required approval of the county fiscal body. He was charged with three counts of mail fraud and two counts of theft from a federally funded program. A jury convicted Philpot on all counts—although the district court later acquitted him on two of them—and the court sentenced Phil pot to eighteen months in prison. Philpot now appeals his conviction and his sentence, arguing that he should be acquitted on the remaining counts. In the alternative, he argues that he is entitled to a new trial, and that the district court improperly assessed the loss amount in his sentencing. We affirm the district court on all grounds.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 23, 2013 10:01 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions