Cleveland: State agents, sheriff deputies raid CMHA offices

11:58 AM, Jan 11, 2011   |    comments
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Sources say the action is not connected to the ongoing Cuyahoga County corruption probe but is part of an investigation by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason's Mortgage Fraud Task Force.

Thus far, there's been no comment from Mason or his spokesman Ryan Miday, other than Miday's statement that the raids are taking place.

Miday said the Cuyahoga County Mortgage Fraud Task Force is executing county search warrants this morning at offices of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority to recover records pertaining to voucher programs.

He added that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Sheriff's Office, BCII of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and HUD Inspector General's Office are conducting the investigation and that the Mortgage Fraud Task Force operates under authorization of Ohio Attorney General's Office and Ohio's Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

CMHA CEO George Phillips-Olivier has been identified in the corruption probe but he has not been charged.

FBI agents raided his home two years ago.

Prosecutors claim businessman William Neiheiser gave cash, golf trips, entertainment, sports tickets and home repairs in an attempt to get CMHA contracts for his heating and cooling company.

Neiheiser has pleaded guilty fo four federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and fraud.


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