Four Toledo City Council Members Arrested in Bribery and Extortion Scheme…

Earlier today federal arrest warrants were served to Toledo, Ohio, city council members Larry Sykes, Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, and Gary Johnson.  The FBI is actively looking for a fifth person – attorney Keith Mitchell, as the FBI and US Attorney Justin Herdman culminate a two-year investigation into the city council for bribery, extortion and abuse of their public office for financial benefit.  [Local Press ReportFBI News Conference:

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[DOJ Press Release] – Four sitting Toledo City Council members and one local attorney were charged in a criminal complaint today for their participation in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash, checks, money orders, or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on City Council.

Charged today were Tyrone Riley (District 1), Yvonne Harper (District 4), Garrick “Gary” Johnson (At-Large), Larry Sykes (At-Large) and Keith Mitchell all of Toledo. All defendants were charged via a federal criminal complaint filed in the Northern District of Ohio with Receipt of Bribe by Agent of Organization Receiving Federal Funds and Hobbs Act Extortion Under Color of Official Right. Additionally, defendant Harper was charged with Interstate Communications with Intent to Extort.

“As alleged in the Complaint, four Toledo City Council members and a local attorney have been engaged in a pay-to-play scheme involving bribes for Council votes,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “Maintaining the public’s trust in its elected officials is one of the Department of Justice’s core responsibilities. The residents of Toledo should know, as should every other resident of the Northern District of Ohio, that where there are allegations of public corruption and kickbacks, we and our federal partners will be there every time.”

[…] According to the criminal complaint, in early 2018, the FBI began to investigate Toledo City Council members for soliciting monetary payments or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on City Council. In addition, Councilwoman Harper was investigated for an extortion attempt on a local business.

The following is a summary of the events listed in the complaint:(Read Allegations)

The court documents detail each of the council members allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in payments from an FBI source in exchange for support with a business matter that was up for council approval over the course of 2019 and into early 2020.

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157 Responses to Four Toledo City Council Members Arrested in Bribery and Extortion Scheme…

  1. EnoughIsEnough says:

    Voting integrity. Without ensuring it, our elections are anything but fair and free. To see elected officials sell the process is despicable. Throw the book at them, and then toss away the key. Absolutely no use for those who steal for their own personal enrichment.

    Liked by 12 people

    • stripmallgrackle says:

      Oh, let me guess. CNN & Friends want us all to know how this is another example of Trump turning the DOJ into his personal get even squad. Or will the media writ large just choose to ignore this?

      And this hurts on a personal level. My grandparents lived in Ottawa Hills when I was growing up. /part sarc there

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      • stripmallgrackle says:

        And CNN would be justified in making everyone move along. It’s only Toledo, OH after all.

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        • stripmallgrackle says:

          One more. Toledo is where glass gets made. DuPont set up shop there decades ago. Talk about the city of transparency!

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          • Redzone says:

            I almost hate to say it, but I wouldn’t mind seeing 1 jurist refuse to convict the nonviolent crime just to teach the FBI there are not 2 tiers of justice.

            The FBI should first start making arrests in D.C. to demonstrate the corruption is over. Until then, I have to believe it’s very possible people are being framed and pressed for guilty pleas.

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    • inspectorudy says:

      Wait! What about the Race Card? You know the “Get out of jail free” card that all blacks seem to have? I do not think they will ever be prosecuted.

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  2. thedoc00 says:

    It was not widely reported nor known that Ohio was and may still be a hot bed of organize crime. When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s in Western PA, the various mob families in Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, (especially) Youngstown, et al would blow up at least one rival every weekend. There was a joke going around that the highest paid mob job was the person who started cars in the morning for mob bosses.

    Then they started robbing banks in Pittsburgh until one weekend a mob robbery team ran into a PA State Police road block that included two tripod mounted machineguns on the turnpike.

    So, this is not surprise.

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    • Spooky says:

      One of our local metro newspapers here in SoCal was founded about 90 years ago by a newspaper man (RC Hoiles) who dared to report on political corruption in Ohio. To get him to shut up and go away they dynamited his house, his car and his office. It worked pretty well and he immediately moved his family out west and started over.

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Ah, the good old days.

      We had 2 businesses bombed in Northridge, Ohio
      by the local unions ( Ironworkers Local) in the early
      70s. The union was all mobbed up. This was just
      outside Dayton. They also got mad at the union vice
      president, and bombed his Buick Deuce and a quarter.

      Worked at one of the locations after high school. Dayton’s
      own mobster ( BIll Steppe, look him up) was a frequent
      customer. Part of my job description was to hold towels
      full of ice on unlucky guy’s heads. This was after Bill and
      his goons got done pistol whipping them.

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    • taxpayer here says:

      This is great news, I mean, if fbLie can get these people then they can most certainly get nasty nancy and madmax then work their way on to the rest. Right?

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    • taxpayer here says:

      This is great news, I mean, if fbLie can get these people then they can most certainly get nasty nancy and madmax then work their way on to the rest. Right?

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  3. Ausonius says:

    Some decades ago, I taught in Toledo, and caught a son of Larry Sykes with some pornography in school. He was passing it around during Homeroom period and thought apparently that I was blind and would not notice the guilty looks and giggles occurring among him and his three dumb friends.

    The boy received demerits of course. Larry Sykes demanded a meeting with me and proclaimed his son was innocent, that the magazines were not his son’s, and he wanted his record cleared.

    I replied that he should know – as a lawyer – that it did not matter whether they were his son’s property. He was in possession of them at the time, and when I slowly approached him and his friends, he was the one who stuffed the magazines into his desk.

    He replied that he wanted his son’s record cleared in any case, said it was traumatizing his son to be accused like this, and I stood up coldly, thanked him for coming, and ended the meeting.

    I am not surprised: he was so arrogant and self-important that I would never have trusted him in any capacity. He was above the law, as was his son.

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  4. all these are lib democrat corrupt scammers my city Toledo,

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    • Ausonius says:

      We love Toledo: one of the best cities we have lived in. Unfortunately, the Republican opposition died there c. 30 years ago, and DEMS have taken over Such corruption by DEMS is par for the course..

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  5. Skidroe says:

    Wouldn’t stop it cold but TERM LIMITS would really help.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Baby Hurley says:

    The roots of casino gambling began, in part, right here in Toledo in the 20’s and 30’s. A couple interesting reads on the history are “Unholy Toledo” and “Something For Nothing”.

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    • Baby Hurley says:

      In reply to thedoc00 above…

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Yep, I remember reading this in the history of the city. Thanks for the reminder. The really dangerous connection was between Youngstown, Ohio and New Castle, PA. Allot of numbers games being run in the mills and stuff being trucked across the border of the two states to avoid taxes. Oddly enough there was even a small Swedish Gang in New Castle.

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  7. Bob Parker says:

    Was this how the term “Holy Toledo” got coined?

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  8. ARW says:

    I still think States should police themselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. texasooz57 says:

    I’m confused. Isn’t money given in exchange for votes done by members of Congress on any given day? Or, didn’t Hunter get a lot of money from Bursima in exchange for daddy’s vp favors?

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  10. texasooz57 says:

    I’m confused. Isn’t money given in exchange for votes done by members of Congress on any given day? Or, didn’t Hunter get a lot of money from Bursima in exchange for daddy’s vp favors?

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  11. Bogeyfree says:

    A microcosm of the US Congress IMO.

    Happens everyday, all day!

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  12. appraisher says:

    Funny how there’s not one mention ANYWHERE that they’re ALL democrats.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. appraisher says:

    How did Source 1 (who “was arrested in 2018 for being in the United States illegally”, “was denied lawful permanent resident status based on a fraudulent marriage” and “who “has remained in the United States without lawful immigration status and is still subject to criminal and immigration consequences”), manage to get an Ohio State ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) license?

    Perhaps that should be looked into a little deeper also .

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  14. Here Toledo city is Democrat city and nothing But corrupt Bunch of Democrats,
    We need get Rid of Them and more elect Republican,

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  15. govlawyer says:

    If obongo had siblings, they’d look just like they look.

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  16. Haveaspine says:

    I can hear “Raaacist”!

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  17. albatross22 says:

    If not for that damn ‘White Supremacy’ and those damn ‘White (man) Laws’ they would have got away with it…

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  18. shipley130 says:

    I didn’t even have to look at their pictures to know what race they were.

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  19. bmwjac says:

    Hallelujah we need that in
    New Jersey . Booker Menendez ,Sweeney and Norcross the Architect in Chief and lets not forget Governor
    Goldman Sachs Corizine walked away without being held accountable. We have his understudy Governor Goldman Sachs running our Sanctuary State and hes going to raise our Taxes well he has done so much damage even the Democrats want him out . Shocking !!

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  20. jello333 says:

    My favorite part… and SO surprising! ( 🙂 )

    “In November of 2019, Councilwoman Harper and Source 1 convened a meeting to discuss a Facebook post by one of Harper’s constituents claiming that Source 1’s tenant used racial slurs when interacting with a female customer from the neighborhood. Harper then threatened Source 1 with protests, negative media attention and potential loss of their liquor license unless the constituent was compensated appropriately. On January 31, 2020, Source 1 paid the constituent $2,500.”

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