Former Cuyahoga County corrections officer accused of bribery pleads not guilty

CLEVELAND - A Cuyahoga County corrections officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery.

A grand jury indicted 40-year-old Tim Thomas, of Cleveland, on 10 counts, including bribery, obstructing justice and tampering with records, on Thursday.

Wednesday morning, Thomas was arraigned and a $25,000 bond was continued. His pretrial is set for Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said Thomas, a corrections officer for almost 20 years, received at least $2,000 in cash and a used car worth $500. In return, Thomas gave an inmate special treatment and even delayed a prisoner's transfer to the state prison system, prosecutors said.

"Improper conduct by Cuyahoga County Corrections Officer Tim Thomas was bought to our attention approximately one month ago. Upon discovery, we immediately implemented an internal, undercover investigation led by Sheriff's Deputies in conjunction with our partners in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office and the Cleveland Police Department," said Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova in a statement.
 

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