There is no public indication — to date — Cossey told the agents that put the elected official in any criminal jeopardy.
There is little doubt Cossey was well known in Northwest Indiana’s highest political and social circles.
An official of the Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for Arts, Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown, Calumet Township Trustee Kimberly Robinson and Gary City Councilwoman Mary Brown are among many to wrote letters to the court in support of Cossey, saying she has performed public service for several civic and social organizations.
Cossey worked in Gary government during former Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s administration, first in a newly created position of director of constituent services in 2013. There, she received an $80,000 annual salary.
She also served as executive director of the Gary Housing Authority. She left Gary government in 2015.
Freeman-Wilson, now serving as president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, has declined comment on the Cossey case and couldn’t be reached Thursday for comment.
Freeman-Wilson has not been charged with any wrongdoing, nor is she identified in court records as being connected to the scheme allegations.