J. Kevin Kelley sentenced to 6 years in prison for his part in Cuyahoga County corruption

CLEVELAND - J. Kevin Kelley was sentenced to serve 6 years in prison and pay $702,000 in restitution for charges stemming from the Cuyahoga County corruption probe.

Prosecutors urged the judge to be easy on Kelley because of his extensive cooperation. 

Kelley pleaded guilty to 11 corruption-related counts in a June 2009 plea agreement, where he promised to cooperate with federal investigators. 

Prosecutors say Kelley revealed 36 schemes to investigators that they were unaware of before he agreed to cooperate. They added that Kelley's cooperation led to the government's ability "to bring forth the number of cases" brought.

He was ordered to pay a little more than $705,000 in restitution to Cuyahoga County, Parma City Schools and the IRS.

Kelley apologized to tax payers during his sentencing today. He also thanked his family for standing by him and apologized for all that he had put them through. 

Kelley became emotional when talking about the impact on his wife and children, and admitted he "caused his own downfall."

During Michael Forloni's trial, Kelley claimed to have received over several occasions envelopes stuffed with cash that he was told was from Forlani in exchange for steering contracts to Forlani's company.

Kelley served on the Parma Board of Education at the time, as well as a position within the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office.

At one point, Kelley said he received a black legal folder stuffed with $20,000 in $100 bills that he was told was from Forlani.

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