A government ethics advocate says the sentencing of a former Lake County clerk to 18 months in federal prison isn't enough by itself to keep other corruptible public officials on the straight and narrow.
Thomas Philpot was sentenced Thursday for stealing more than $24,000 from child support incentive funds he controlled. He's among more than two dozen Lake County officials convicted of public corruption since 1985.
Lake County Shared Ethics Advisory Commission President Calvin Bellamy tells The Times of Munster that Lake County needs to establish a culture that doesn't approve of corrupt behavior and works to prevent it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Benson says Philpot was acting illegally when he should've been deterred by the 2009 conviction of former Calumet Township Trustee Dozier Allen for stealing public funds.