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Ohio House District-18: State Rep. Matt Patten’s Dirty Money

June 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

As reported by WKYC NBC in Cleveland, one more corrupt Democrat was exposed in the cesspool of the Cuyahoga County Political scene:

Former nine-term Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald T. McFaul pleaded guilty before visiting Judge H.F. Inderlied in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court Monday afternoon.

McFaul agreed to pay $130,000 in restitution.

McFaul, 76, refused to comment when The Investigator Tom Meyer asked him what he had to say to voters who put him in office for 32 years, longer than any sheriff in Cuyahoga County history.

McFaul only raised an eyebrow when asked if he would at least apologize to taxpayers.

McFaul told the judge he was guilty of two felony counts of theft in office and one misdemeanor ethics charge. Prosecutor Jeff Lingo said they were prepared to prove the illegal activity was going on for at least 9 years.

The former sheriff pleaded guilty to forcing employees to sell tickets to his annual fundraiser on county time and to stealing money from his campaign fund.

“The evidence we have shows it was delivered to him or taken by him,” Lingo said.

The case was assigned to Geauga County Common Pleas Judge Fred Inderlied because of McFaul’s relationships with judges in Cuyahoga County.

Today, State Representative candidate Mike Dovilla is doing what all people associated with Mcfaul should do: Demand that Democrats not use dirty money.

Berea—Small business owner and U.S. Navy veteran Mike Dovilla today expressed concern regarding illegal ethics violations surrounding the former sheriff of Cuyahoga County, who is a financial supporter of State Rep. Matt Patten’s campaign.

Dovilla, a candidate for state representative of the 18th Ohio House District, is calling for more accountable campaigns after Gerald McFaul plead guilty on June 7th to two theft in office charges and a misdemeanor ethics violation. McFaul donated nearly $700 to Patten, four other Democrat candidates, and the House Democratic Caucus.

“With the recent rampant corruption within Cuyahoga County, it is disheartening that dishonest politics continue to occur,” Dovilla said. “The people of Ohio do not want this corruption to reach their communities, schools or businesses. They want forthright, accountable leaders who will make the community’s interests a number-one priority.

“Due to the questionable nature of these donations from the former sheriff, I respectfully urge Rep. Patten to donate these funds to charity or other organizations that will benefit our community. This tainted money should have no place in our electoral process.”

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