CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A former Cincinnati City Councilwoman who recently entered a guilty plea to wire fraud will be sentenced in federal court Nov. 10, newly filed court records show.
Tamaya Dennard, 40, faces up to 20 years in prison, a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years, and a fine not to exceed $250,000, court documents state.
Dennard’s plea also includes a $15,000 money judgment against her.
Two additional charges, of bribery and attempted extortion, were dropped as part of the plea.
According to the plea agreement, Dennard admitted she received and will pay back $15,000 obtained from “CHS” who was later identified as longtime riverfront developer Tom Gableman, an attorney who works for the Hamilton County Commission.
“Dennard sent a text communication on or about Aug. 17, 2019, to CHS stating, ‘If you are willing to meet with me, I’m sure that I will be able to help you,‘” the documents say.
According to the court documents, Dennard received a cashier’s check for $10,000 and $5,000 in cash in Sept. 2019 from CHS.
“In exchange for and because of the money from the CHS, Dennard promised to and did provide favorable official action on behalf of CHS and CHS’s client as requested and as opportunities arose, including voting on matters before Cincinnati City Council for the benefit of CHS and CHS’s client,” the documents read.
The documents say Dennard continued to ask for more money from CHS in return for, “future help relating to official action for the benefit of CHS and CHS’s client was tied to additional payment from CHS.”
Dennard resigned in March amid growing calls for her to step down after her arrest in late February.
She was indicted in later that month on federal charges of bribery, attempted extortion, and wire fraud, court records show
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