HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a request by a former northwestern Indiana county official convicted of taking more than $24,000 from child support incentive funds to be released on bond until a higher court rules on his appeal.
The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports former Lake County Coroner and Clerk Thomas Philpot was ordered Tuesday to remain in custody pending appeal.
Fifty-five-year-old Thomas Philpot reported to prison last week, though he had been ordered to turn himself in April 3 to begin serving his 18-month sentence.
Defense attorney Leonard Goodman says Philpot will leave prison if he wins on appeal.
State law bars elected officials from boosting their salary without a fiscal body's approval. Philpot's attorneys said Philpot didn't know the payments were illegal.
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