Port's Peto gets 57-month prison term in corruption probe

7:41 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Former member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board Robert M. Peto was sentenced to 57 months in prison Tuesday afternoon in federal court.

He must also pay just over $39,000 in restitution and forfeit his $8,000 Ohio retirement pension.

In addition, Peto must also perform 500 hours of community service after he is released from prison.

He pleaded guilty back in October to six charges of soliciting and receiving bribes from Michael Forlani, an electrical contractor, and Nicholas DelBrocco, an investment broker from Providence, R.I.

Peto served for eight years on the board of directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority before resigning in August 2012.

He also served as executive secretary-treasurer of the Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters before being removed from the position in 2011.

Peto, 58, of Gates Mills, is also is banned from holding a union position for at least 13 years after his release from prison.

In addition to two counts of bribery, Peto, 58, of Gates Mills, also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, plus tampering with a witness and using his position as a public official to illegally obtain property in return for an official act.

Prosecutors filed a criminal information against Peto on Oct. 22.


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