Former Cleveland VA Medical Center director pleads guilty to corruption charges

AKRON, Ohio - The former director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center pleaded guilty to corruption charges in U.S. district court Thursday afternoon.

William D. Montague, 62, pleaded guilty to 63 charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery.

Prosecutors said Montague accepted bribes and kickbacks from contractors in exchange for inside information.

He was also accused of accepting payments from a design firm involved in VA contracts while he was still serving as director.

As part of his 111-page plea agreement, Montague must pay close to $400,000 in forfeiture and restitution.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Montague could face up to six and one half years in prison.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 20.

When NewsChannel5 Investigator Sarah Buduson questioned Montague after the hearing, his attorney said he had no comment.

Montague was the director of the Clevand VA Medical Center from 1995 until he retired in 2010.

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