Former Cuyahoga County labor leader Robert Peto admits to taking bribes

CLEVELAND - A former Ohio labor leader could spend up to six years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to soliciting and receiving bribes.

The Plain Dealer reports that Robert Peto pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges of soliciting and receiving bribes from an electrical contractor and an investment broker.

The 58-year-old Peto served on the board of directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for eight years before resigning in August. He also served as an officer in the Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters before being removed in 2011.

Peto also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, plus tampering with a witness and using his position as a public official to illegally obtain property in return for an official act.

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