ELKHART (AP) — The president of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners is facing a federal lawsuit alleging that he used his position to profit from a deal with a Chinese-owned business.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in South Bend alleges that Elkhart County Commissioner Terry Rodino used his elected position to help secure the sale of five recreational vehicles to a Chinese-owned business and earned at least $100,000 as the deal's middle man.
The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/VZbKS9 ) the suit filed by Rodino's two estranged business partners alleges that because of those profits and other alleged misdeeds Rodino violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The RICO act was originally created to help prosecutors go after organized crime.
Rodino has yet to formally respond in court to the lawsuit.