ODOT vendor pleads guilty to bribery and other charges

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CLEVELAND - ODOT vendor Robert Jones is looking at 9 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of bribery and three counts of attempted tampering with records.

Prosecutors say so far, Jones has paid $64,000 in restitution to ODOT.

The 49-year old was indicted on corruption charges for using a wide-variety of scams to illegally steer ODOT contracts and business to friends and associates from 2000 to 2007. In fact Jones' three companies were fraudulently awarded $200,000 worth of contracts.

Jones was the owner of Lake Truck Sale & Services Inc., and Jones Equipment Co., and principal of JEL Idealease.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 8th.

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