4 Toledo City Council members in custody amid bribery probe
Added 06-30-20 05:03:02pm EST - “Four Toledo City Council members and a private attorney were accused Tuesday of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash and other things of value from business owners in exchange…” - Washingtontimes.com
CLICK TO SHARE
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Four Toledo City Council members and a private attorney were accused Tuesday of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash and other things of value from business owners in exchange for favorable votes on issues before the council, federal prosecutors said.
Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Garrick “Gary” Johnson, all Democrats who serve on the council, and Keith Mitchell, an attorney in Toledo who Harper allegedly used to solicit and funnel bribe payments through, all face bribery and extortion charges. Harper also faces a count of interstate communications with intent to extort.
The four council members were all arrested early Tuesday without incident, authorities said, but Mitchell remained at large. Each defendant could face up to 10 years on the bribery counts and 20 years on the extortion counts.
TOP STORIES Trump 'glorifying white supremacy' with July 4 fireworks at Mount Rushmore, Democrats say Couple who pulled guns on protesters support Black Lives Matter, attorney says Terry Crews sparks outrage with Black Lives Matter tweet: 'White people can have you'
The criminal cases started in March 2018, when a federal law enforcement agent interviewed an unnamed source who owns several commercial properties, primarily gas stations and convenience stores, within Toledo, the state’s fourth largest city.
If you don't see any comments yet, congrats! You get first comment. Be nice and have fun.
CLICK TO SHARE