Saturday, August 20, 2005

Two More Convicted in Cleveland Corruption Case

The long-running investigation of municipal corruption in Cleveland and other cities, including Houston, has resulted in the conviction of Cleveland businessman Nate Gray and New Orleans businessman Gilbert Jackson.  Both defendants were convicted of a RICO conspiracy charge, and Hobbs Act and mail/wire fraud counts; Jackson was acquitted on eight counts.  According to a press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio, the investigation has already resulted in convictions of former East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor, former Cleveland City Councilman Joseph Jones, former Houston Director of Building Services Monique McGilbra, and former Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Houston Oliver Spellman.  The question now is whether the investigation will lead to former Cleveland Mayor Mike White. An FBI affidavit leaked earlier this summer indicated that he was one potential target of the investigation.  Gray may cooperate now that he has been convicted and faces a substantial jail term, although his value as a witness in a case with over 50,000 wiretapped telephone calls is certainly open to question. An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (here) discusses the convictions. (ph)

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