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Three Sentenced for Paying Bribes to a Maple Heights City Schools Official

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 14, 2010
  • Northern District of Ohio (216) 622-3600

Three people were sentenced to home confinement for paying bribes to a Maple Heights City Schools official, Bernard A. Smith, Appellate Chief, Criminal Division, the United States Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Ohio; Harold Bickmore, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI; and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, announced today.

Todd Gemma, Ronald Monroe and Bryan Carlton were each sentenced to six months of home confinement followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge John Adams.

Gemma was ordered to pay $40,502 in restitution, while Carlton and Monroe were ordered to pay $36,752 in restitution.

Gemma, 40, of Solon, Ohio, was a principal in Gemma Development Company. He previously plead guilty to one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Gemma gave Christopher D. Krause, the former treasurer of the Maple Heights City Schools (MHCS), a $5,000 cash bribe in return for MHCS contracts valued at $87,200, according to court documents.

Monroe, 42, of Macedonia, Ohio, and Carlton, 43, of North Olmsted, Ohio, previously plead
guilty to one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

The two men were principals in Gemini Development Company. They paid cash bribes through the
company to Krause in return for MHCS contracts in 2006, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ann C. Rowland, Nancy L. Kelley and Antoinette T. Bacon following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.

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