(Akron) J. Kevin Kelley was sentenced in federal court in Akron today to 6 years in prison, and ordered to pay over $705,000 in fines. U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi agreed to recommend that he serve the time in federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida. Kelley left Cleveland almost immediately after it was discovered he was cooperating with the FBI and he and his family have spent the last four years living in a rented home in suburban Tampa.
Kelley has been living on a $60,000-a-year disablility pension due to the stress of getting caught and convicted in the county corruption scheme's fallout.
He was among the first to plead guilty to corruption charges, admitting to fleecing taxpayers out of nearly $600,000.
Kelley was a former Cuyahoga County employee and Parma School Board member. He had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to multiple counts of Hobbs Acts conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspiracy to commit theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and making false tax returns.
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