Former Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board member to prison on corruption charges

CLEVELAND - A former member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority was sentenced to more than four years in prison on corruption charges Tuesday.

Robert Peto, 58, previously pleaded guilty to violating the Hobbs Act from 2004-2007.

According to court documents, Peto, who lives in Gates Mills, accepted free and discounted home improvements and materials, entertainment, and a financial benefit related to a new car.

The property and favors were provided by Michael Forlani and/or Doan Pyramid LLC and Neteam, AVI, companies in which Forlani, also said to be involved in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal, had an ownership interest.

"Corruption – in this case taking bribes and utilizing his position as a board member for the Port Authority – will not be tolerated," said Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Cleveland.

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