UPDATE: Elected Trustee of Olive Township faces criminal charges

The Elected Trustee of Olive Township faces criminal charges, for allegedly spending public funds at casinos.

John Michalski, 72, has been indicted by a Grand Jury, on three felony charges, two for theft, and one for official misconduct.

Today, Democrat John MIchalski answered the phone at the Olive Township Trustee’s office. He told News Center 16 he had not resigned as trustee, but had no comment on a grand jury indictment.

An Indiana State Board of Accounts audit last summer documented seven withdrawals from the township bank account from ATM's at three different casinos (Blue Chip in Michigan City, the Horseshoe in Hammond, and another in Prior Lake, Minnesota).

The withdrawals totaled about $1,600 and Michalski has since repaid the money.

Michalski is 72 years old.

Shortly after the indictment was announced, the St. Joseph County Democratic Party called for Michalski to step down.

Party chairman John Broden said, "While I certainly respect Mr. Michalski's right to profess his innocence and contest the criminal charges, I find the allegations so troubling that I am calling upon him to resign his position of Olive Township Trustee immediately. The mere allegations that he used Olive Township tax dollars for personal gain are so serious a breach of the public trust that I can see no way that he can carry on his duties."

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