CLEVELAND - Former Valley View Mayor Randall Westfall was sentenced to 18 months probation and will spend the first 30 days in jail after stealing campaign funds for his personal use.
Prosecutors say Westfall engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity from 2003 to 2010 that included using campaign funds to pay for Mexican vacations, car payments, property taxes and real estate.
In court, Westfall told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia that he disappointed his family and supporters.
"I would say to you today there is no excuse for my action and I offer none," said Westfall. "In a sense of poor judgment, I honestly believed I would be able to replace those funds."
Westfall was also fined $5,000, but restitution was not ordered in this case.
Defense attorneys stressed that no city funds were used or diverted and that no campaign donors wrote to the court expressing outrage of the theft.
Westfall served as Mayor of Valley from 2000 to 2013 when he resigned from office.
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