(Cleveland) - Former Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman will spend 6 months in the Cuyahoga County Jail, for pleading guilty to taking a kickback.
Schuman was sentenced after reaching a plea deal on a single count of Having an Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract, thus avoiding a public corruption trial.
After serving 6 months, Schuman will be on probation for 18 months. He will have to pay a $2,500 fine, along with $1,000 in restitution to the City of Bedford.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan could have given Schuman up to 18 months in prison. The defense wanted Schuman released on probation.
In addressing the court, Schuman admitted responsibility but contended he only made a technical violation in dealing with bonds for the City of Bedford.
Ken Schuman speaks before he is sentenced.
His attorneys claimed that the city lost no money, and actually saved funds with Schuman taking a cut in salary.
However, Bedford Police Chief Kris Nietert testified that City Hall employees actually feared Schuman, who only worked in his own best interest.
Assistant prosecutor Matthew Meyer maintained Schuman was from the same mold as Jimmy Dimora, and Frank Russo, and asked for the maximum sentence.
Meyer did not get it, but told Newsradio WTAM 1100 that he hopes the 6 month stretch will send a message to other wrongdoers that they will be prosecuted.
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