The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio announced June 30 that four sitting Toledo City Council members and one local attorney are being charged in what the Department of Justice is calling a “bribery and extortion scheme.”

Tyrone Riley of District 1 and Yvonne Harper of District 4, as well as at-large members Garrick Johnson, Larry Sykes and local lawyer Keith Mitchell, are being accused of “soliciting and/or accepting cash, checks, money orders, or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on City Council.”

According to the news release, the FBI began investigating Toledo City Council in early 2018 and discovered through several sources not named in the release that council members were accepting money in return for votes and legislation.

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FBI Charges Four Toledo City Council Members with Bribery & Extortion

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