Kirtland couple pleads guilty to bribery of former city

Kirtland couple pleads guilty to bribery of former city

Kirtland couple pleads guilty to bribery of former city of Cleveland demolition official

(STL.News) A Kirtland couple has pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery of a former city of Cleveland demolition official in return for favorable service and treatment with building demolition projects.

Joseph Tucceri, 75, and Gwen Tucceri, 60, pleaded guilty to a Bill of Information charging them with honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud, bribery in federally funded programs and making and subscribing false income tax returns.

According to court records, the Tucceris owned and operated “R Demolition,” a business that provided demolition and construction services in the Cleveland area.  From December of 2016 through May of 218, the Tucceris provided things of value, including more than $1,600 in cash payments, to Rufus Taylor, the former Chief of the Demolition Bureau for the city of Cleveland, in return for expedited service and favorable treatment regarding work performed by R Demolition on contracts within the city of Cleveland.

Specifically, the Tucceris made payments to Taylor in exchange for officials acts such as expedited service on demolition inspections and permits that were required for them to receive payment on a demolition contract. 

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