A veteran Cleveland councilman was busted Tuesday on charges of bilking the city out of more than $127,000 over an eight-year span, federal prosecutors said.
Democrat Kenneth Johnson, who was elected in 1980, was arrested by FBI agents in Cleveland after a federal grand jury named him in a 15-count indictment with violations related to federal program theft, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announced Tuesday.
The indictment alleges that Johnson, 74, and two accomplices stole from the city coffers by getting reimbursement checks from its general fund for maintenance expenses in Ward 4 that were never performed.
Johnson and co-defendant Garnell Jamison, the councilman’s executive assistant of more than 20 years, first approached a city recreation employee, Robert Fitzpatrick, in 2010 and asked the worker to perform maintenance services like cutting grass, property checks and snow removal, according to the indictment.
Fitzpatrick, who pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme earlier this month,