Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, was indicted last November of charges stemming around an alleged illegal towing scheme. he remains on the job, but part of the conditions of his bond is that he is not allowed to possess any firearms. Buncich and his attorneys claim that since the charges against him are for a non-violent crime that there is no reason the federal government should continue to hold his confiscated guns. They also contend that his guns is necessary for his job as County Sheriff.
As he awaits trial in April on corruption charges, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich wants the federal government to return his firearms.
Buncich filed a motion to modify conditions of his bond in U.S. District Court on Friday, seeking return of his firearms on the basis he needs them to carry out the duties of his job, according to court documents. Buncich’s attorney, Bryan Truitt, said it is a small number of weapons and a sidearm is necessary to carry out his duties at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
One of the conditions of his bond is that he is not allowed to possess any weapons, court documents stated. Buncich states in the motion that he has never been charged with a crime before and that the current charges do not involve a crime of violence.
Buncich, former Lake County Chief of Police Timothy Downs and William Szarmach, of CSA Towing in Lake Station, were named in a multicount indictment Nov. 18 alleging an illegal towing scheme in which the sheriff allegedly accepted bribes in the form of thousands of dollars in cash and donations to his campaign fund, Buncich’s Boosters. All three are facing charges of wire fraud, while Buncich and Szarmach also are charged with bribery.