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Mantua Man Sentenced for His Role in the Cuyahoga County Corruption Case

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 17, 2010
  • Northern District of Ohio (216) 622-3600

Charles E. Edwards, 41, of Mantua, Ohio, was sentenced to three years probation, eight months of location monitoring and ordered to pay $39,502 in restitution, 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.

Edwards, the owner of C. Edwards Landscaping Inc., previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, one count of Hobbs Act violation and one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds as part of the ongoing Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

Edwards previously admitted giving cash and other items to officials at the Maple Heights City Schools in return for contracts from the district.

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