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Cleveland council member accused of stealing $127K from city

CLEVELAND (AP) — A longtime Cleveland City Council member accused of stealing city and federal money has been indicted on multiple federal charges. Seventy-four-year-old Kenneth Johnson was arrested Wednesday morning. He faces 15 counts including conspiracy to commit federal program theft, tampering with a witness, falsification of records, federal program theft and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. Johnson's council aide and a man who ran the community development agency in Johnson's ward also were indicted. Johnson is accused of stealing $127,000 in city money from 2010 to 2018 and $50,000 in federal money from late 2013 through 2018. A telephone message seeking comment was left with Johnson’s attorney.

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