Secret recordings may be played at Lake County sheriff’s bribery trial

HAMMOND, Ind. — The second day of Lake County Sheriff John Buncich’s corruption trial is underway at the federal courthouse in Hammond, Indiana.

This afternoon prosecutors may play audio recordings made of Buncich, which the government says show him accepting thousands of dollars in bribes.

During the first day of testimony, a government informant told the jury that he knew he had to pay to get towing business from the county.  That business was controlled by the sheriff.  The FBI raided the sheriff’s office last year and Buncich was indicted in November, along with a deputy and another tow truck operator.

The others accepted plea deals and one is expected to testify against Buncich.

Defense attorneys say the evidence will show the sheriff committed no crime.

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