November 12, 2020 •
Cincinnati Council Member Arrested on Federal Charges
Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents for leading a bribery scheme involving payoffs for city development projects.
Pastor is accused of bribery, money laundering, extortion, wire fraud, theft of honest services, and conspiracy.
If convicted, he could face more than 20 years in prison.
Additionally, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and many council members have called for Pastor to resign.
Pastor is the second council member this year charged with taking bribes from developers.
Tamaya Dennard resigned from the council in February after her arrest on fraud and bribery charges in an unrelated case.
Finally, if Pastor resigns, Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman will select his replacement.
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