By Chris Kramer
Former mayor of East Chicago, Indiana, Robert Pastrick, who filed for bankruptcy after a $108 million judgment was made against him, recently claimed several properties as exempt from liquidation.
The state of Indiana has been trying to collect the $108 million judgment, which Pastrick owes to the state for "buying" votes through new sidewalks for residents, prior to his bankruptcy filing, the Gary Post-Tribune reports. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office said that Indiana is still intent on collecting the judgment by maintaining that it is not dischargeable by bankruptcy.
"It is important that Mr. Pastrick be held accountable for defrauding the citizens of East Chicago in squandering their tax dollars on his sidewalks-for-votes scheme," the spokesman said.
Pastrick has recently claimed that he is only prepared to pay $166,418, however, as houses co-owned by his wife constitute the remainder of his assets. Indiana law reportedly states that property co-owned by someone who is not part of the debt can be exempt from liquidation.
According to NWI.com, Pastrick's bankruptcy attorney says that his client's exemptions are fully in line with state law.