Former Cleveland housing worker gets prison time for taking bribes

Former Cleveland housing worker gets prison time for taking bribes

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former Cleveland Housing Network official is going to prison for taking bribes and steering contracts.

James Todt, 49, of Brecksville was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Benita Y. Pearson.

Todt, who pleaded guilty conspiracy to commit bribery and theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, worked at the Cleveland Housing Network between 2005 and 2014. His job included supervising inspectors and project managers, as well as awarding CHN contracts on various projects.

Todt corruptly solicited and accepted things of value, like credit card payments and cash, from two construction companies -- Modern Construction Group LLC. and Top Notch Construction. He also had electrical work done on his home as well as a deck put on a house and roof repair work.

Todt also submitted false invoices and caused two checks totaling $15,280 to be deposited into his personal account, according to court documents.

Lizandro Orellana, 56, of Cleveland, owned and operated Modern Construction Group LLC. Chris Peterson, 42, of Macedonia, owned and operated Top Notch Construction, according to court documents.

Orellana and Peterson have pleaded guilty to their roles in the case and are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

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