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Former Bedford law director pleads guilty to public corruption

Kenneth Schuman (Source: WOIO) Kenneth Schuman (Source: WOIO)
Harry Jacob III (Source: WOIO) Harry Jacob III (Source: WOIO)

Former Bedford Law Director and Prosecutor Kenneth Schuman has entered a guilty plea to a public corruption offense, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Thursday afternoon.

Schuman entered his plea to one count of unlawful interest in a public contract, a felony of the fourth degree, before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian Corrigan.

Judge Corrigan set a sentencing date for Sept. 3.

The charge to which Schuman pled involved a contract for bond work that he awarded in his official capacity in 2006 to the Cleveland law firm of Vorys, Sater Seymour & Pease. After it was paid by the city, the law firm paid Schuman $9,500.

Schuman, 42, was indicted on Dec. 19 and resigned from his city position in a letter dated April 27.

His co-defendant in the corruption probe, Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III, is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 6.

"Public officials in Cuyahoga County need to remember that they serve the public's interest, not their own," said Assistant County Prosecutor Matthew Meyer, supervisor of the Public Corruption Unit. "Ken Schuman, however, decided to use the power of his office for his own personal benefit. Now he's going to pay the price."

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