Former Cleveland Schools COO pleads Guilty to Theft

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CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced that John Briggle, 56, of Toledo, pleaded guilty to five felony charges for participating in the theft of approximately $154,400 from the Cleveland Public Schools.

Daniel Burns, 54, of Perrysburg, former Cleveland Schools Chief Operating Officer, and John Briggle, owner of Superior Off-Set Supplies (SOS), were both indicted on theft-related charges by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury in December 2009.

Today, Briggle pleaded guilty to four (4) counts of tampering with evidence, third degree felonies, and one (1) count of theft, a third degree felony.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and has agreed to testify against Burns.

Briggle was ordered to pay restitution of $154,400 to the Cleveland Public Schools.

Burns' trial is scheduled for June 7, 2010, in Judge Dick Ambrose's courtroom.

The Ohio State Auditor's Office and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation.

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