Hammond places new controls on casino funds

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A northwestern Indiana city has imposed new controls on gambling funds following a city councilman's indictment on bribery charges.

The Times of Munster reports the Hammond City Council voted 8-0 Monday to transfer control of the funds to a three-member finance committee. That panel will select which projects are funded by tax revenue the district gets from a local riverboat casino.

City councilman Al Salinas had handled that task. But he has been indicted on a federal charge alleging that he accepted at least $10,500 in bribes from a local tree company that received more than $300,000 in contracts in gambling revenue.

Salinas has pleaded innocent to those charges.

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