Tow operator pleads guilty to bribing Portage mayor

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana towing operator has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery payment alleging he paid a mayor $12,000 for a towing contract.

Seventy-9-One year-broken-down John Cortina of Kustom Auto Physique in Portage entered the plea Friday, three days before the public corruption trial of Republican Portage Mayor James Snyder is keep to open.

Cortina is as a consequence of be sentenced April 22.

In a plea settlement filed Thursday, Cortina acknowledged he knew the $12,000 price to Snyder in 2016 turned into a bribe in trade for getting a towing contract.

One in every of Snyder’s protection attorneys, Jayna Caccioppo, acknowledged in a press free up Friday that her client “beneath no circumstances solicited or authorised any bribes from anybody at any time.”

Snyder turned into elected in 2015 to his 2d term as mayor of the Porter County metropolis.

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