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Statement on the Indictment and Arrest of Corrections Officer

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Jeane’ Holley: (216) 698‐2544 or jholley@cuyahogacounty.us 

CLEVELAND –Cuyahoga County announced today the indictment and arrest of a Cuyahoga County Jail Corrections Officer for accepting bribes in return for doing favors. Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova said, “Improper conduct by Cuyahoga County Corrections Officer Tim Thomas was brought to our attention approximately one month ago. Upon discovery, we immediately implemented an internal, undercover investigation led by Sheriff’s Deputies in conjunction with our partners in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the Cleveland Police Department.”

This investigation led to the indictment and charges of 10 counts of Bribery, two counts of Obstructing Justice, one count of Tampering with Records, and one count of Falsification. Tim Thomas was arrested shortly after the indictment and charges by Cleveland Police officers.

“Illegal activity and corruption will be not tolerated in Cuyahoga County government. As a course of action, my Administration has and will continue to investigate and eliminate any instances of public corruption,” said County Executive Ed FitzGerald.“I commend Sheriff Frank Bova and his Deputies for skillfully and quickly leading this investigation to an arrest.”