Former Mayor’s Assets Saved through Bankruptcy

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Robert Pastrick, the former mayor of East Chicago had his assets saved from being seized to help pay for his $108 million debt when he filed for bankruptcy protection in the nick of time. At first, US bankruptcy judge Christopher Nuechterlein ruled allowing US Marshalls access to Pastrick’s assets in his Ogden Dunes home and a storage locker in Portage to seize and dispose of them to raise money to pay his debts.

The state has been making attempts to collect the outstanding amount of $108 million that came about when Pastrick and other East Chicago city officials participated in the sidewalks-for-votes fraud scheme. They were convicted by a federal court judge of racketeering and running a corrupt activity. Under the scheme, the city spent $25 million to pour sidewalks, patios and driveways and remove trees from private properties in order to gain votes for Pastrick in the primary elections in 1999 when he was facing his challenger, Stephen Stiglich.

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