Nothing I could say, would do justice to this story. Let this be a lesson to crooked politicians; you won’t get away with it forever!
Indiana (Carrie Ritchie-Indystar.com) – The trial for a former City-County councilman indicted on fraud and money-laundering charges has been scheduled for March 12.
Paul C. Bateman Jr. pictured above, a Democrat who represented a Northeastside district until the end of last year, appeared in federal court this morning for an initial hearing.
He was indicted last month on nine counts of money laundering and eight counts of wire fraud for allegedly using money donated to a foundation he worked for for personal purchases.
If convicted, Bateman faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire-fraud charge and up to 10 years in prison for each money-laundering charge.
Two others, Michael L. Russell, a founder of the Russell Foundation, and Manuel Gonzalez, who held various foundation positions, also were indicted in December.
Russell joined Bateman in court this morning and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster allowed both to be released on their own recognizance while they await their trial.
Bateman’s attorney, Rick Jones, said he and Bateman look forward to the trial, but he would not comment further.
An attorney appointed for Russell declined comment.
Gonzalez’ initial hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 19.