McCloskey guilty of bribery; he could get up to 33 months in prison

Shortly after accepting a $3,000 bribe from an associate who was secretly cooperating with the FBI, former Toledo City Councilman Bob McCloskey said he had to leave.

I gotta be at an ethics meeting,” McCloskey said of a program the Ohio Ethics Commission held for council members March 22.Both of the men laughed.But during that meeting and again on April 12, when he accepted a $2,000 bribe from the same unnamed businessman, McCloskey also emphasized his concern that no one — including his wife — know about the payments.“Because I don’t want to go to jail,” he said.A partial transcript of the taped conversations was included in McCloskey’s agreement yesterday in which he pleaded guilty to two federal counts of bribery before U.S.District Judge Dave Katz in Toledo.

A few hours later, McCloskey, 60, a Democrat, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of one of two unrelated felony counts of bribery by Judge James Bates in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

The two U.S. counts arose from a federal sting in which McCloskey accepted a total of $5,000 from the unidentified businessman on March 22 and April 12, according to the transcripts.

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600450 McCloskey guilty of bribery; he could get up to 33 months in prison
Date: 15 May 2006

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