Feds: Hinckley man charged with allegedly bribing Strongsville city councilman

12:43 PM, Sep 3, 2010   |    comments
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The bill of information, usually used to charge defendants when they are cooperating with authorities, charged Terry with one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

That man, identified as Public Official 17 in the information, was also an employee of the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office.

That description matches that of Pat Coyne.

Public Official 17 was an elected member of the Strongsville City Council, first elected in 1989, according to the information.

Terry was a real estate developer with business interests in communities in Cuyahoga County, including the City of Strongsville.

The information reads that, on or about Jan. 17, 2008, the exact date unknown, Terry did corruptly give, offer, and agree to give anything of value, that is, approximately $20,000, to PO17 (not charged herein), with intent to influence and reward PO17, an agent of the Strongsville City Council, in connection with any business, transaction and series of transactions valued at $5,000 or more during the period from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.

The informaton further alleges that PO17 improperly employed his official influence to benefit Terry's business interests, both in the past and as future opportunities arose.

The charges were brought by the United States Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Ohio; C. Frank Figliuzzi, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI; and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service.


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