Cities: Guilty in Gary

Corruption is a kind of custom in Gary, Ind.—to the point that about the only real mistake a politician can make is failing to report his bribes on his federal income tax return. Last week Democratic Mayor George Chacharis, 54, pleaded guilty to doing just that—on a take of $226,686. He should have learned a lesson from his predecessor, Peter Mandich, who was set free. Mandich "received large amounts of graft payments." said a U.S. attorney in court, ''but the evidence does not show that he failed to report the payments as income...

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