AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – Former Cleveland City Councilor Kenneth Johnson is set to be sentenced in U.S. district court on Friday for orchestrating two schemes to steal nearly $ 200,000 in taxpayer money from two programs federal.
In July, a jury convicted Johnson, 75, of 15 counts, including two counts of conspiracy to commit federal program theft, six counts of federal program theft, five counts of aid and assists in the preparation of false tax returns, one count of witness tampering and one count of falsification of records in a federal investigation.
Johnson is to be sentenced at 1 p.m. by U.S. District Court for the Northern Ohio District in Akron. Federal prosecutors are asking for nine to ten years in prison for Johnson and a restitution of about $ 747,000.
Johnson served as Ward 4 city councilor from 1980 until his conviction in July.
Investigators said Johnson devised a scheme to steal federal funds meant to help his constituents.
Prosecutors said that for eight years Johnson and his executive assistant, Garnell Jamison, had submitted false reports to the city of Cleveland, receiving federal funds for work that had never been done in his neighborhood. The couple also used Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation to steal community grants.
The scheme embezzled over $ 175,000 from Johnson’s personal bank account.
Jamison, 62, who worked as Johnson’s executive assistant for more than 20 years, was found guilty on 11 counts for his role in the schemes.
Jamison should be sentenced at 2 p.m. Prosecutors are asking for between six and seven years in prison for Jamison and about $ 738,000 in restitution.
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