Cleveland: Prison time for 2 in ongoing corruption investigation

3:03 PM, Aug 4, 2010   |    comments
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Patel, 44, of Independence, and Dooley, 57, of North Olmsted, both pleaded guilty to their roles in the ongoing Cuyahoga County governmental corruption probe by the FBI and IRS.

Charged on Aug. 6, 2009, Patel pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 to bribing former MetroHealth vice president of facilities and construction services John J. Carroll and Carroll's assistant, Thomas Greco Jr., from 1999 through 2007 in exchange for more than $51 million in construction contracts with the county hospital.

Patel also testified in court against Greco, who was found guilty.

Patel was sentenced today to nearly the maximum term O'Malley could impose.

Dooley, 57, of North Olmsted, was charged July 22, 2009, and pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to bribing a county employee in 2009 to obtain a better-paying job.

Federal officials, in the plea agreement with Dooley, state that Dooley paid a bribe to J. Kevin Kelley that was intended for Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo to get a job in Russo's office back in 2002.

Dooley, who worked in the weights and measures department at the auditor's office, has also admitted that he bribed J. Kevin Kelley with $5,000 in January, 2009, also for a better-paying job with the Cleveland Metroparks.


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