Former East Cleveland mayor faces federal charges for obstructing justice in his fraud, bribery case

Former East Cleveland mayor faces federal charges for obstructing justice in his fraud, bribery case

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The former mayor of East Cleveland, Gary Norton, now faces federal charges of obstructing justice in a fraud and bribery case.

Norton was a defendant in the fraud and bribery case the FBI began in May of 2017, according to court documents obtained by 19 News investigators.

FBI Agents interviewed Norton in September of 2018 and say they told him not to discuss the case with anyone but his attorney.

However, the documents say that same day Norton did tell someone else about the case and did “corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede” in the cases.

Norton told Vanessa Veals, a former East Cleveland employ, another court document shows.

Court records indicate she was also connected to Norton’s fraud and bribery case.

She’s accused of telling someone else at city hall about the FBI investigation before deleting emails and communication she had with Norton.

This is a developing story. Depend on 19 News for updates as we learn more.

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