Cleared: CMHA boss acquitted of federal corruption-related charges
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -
CMHA boss George Phillips-Oliver has been cleared of charges in a
federal corruption case that unfolded over the last few years in Cuyahoga County.
A federal jury acquitted Phillips-Oliver of all corruption-related charges except one about lying to FBI agents.
The 53-year old was indicted on
the charge of conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving
federal funds, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.
Phillips-Oliver oversaw a $233 million tax funded agency and prosecutors claim
he lavished millions of that on favored contractors who supplied him
with adult entertainment, golf outings and gifts.
CMHA released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"We respect the decision of the jury and believe that we have in place all the proper safeguards to insure the integrity of CMHA. We are very proud of the work we have completed in the community with our investment in newly revitalized developments, sustainable initiatives, as well as providing safe and affordable housing for our residents. We did not allow this proceeding to distract from our mission to serve our residents, and we will continue to move forward." said CMHA Board Chairman Ronald V. Johnson, Jr.