Feds charge ex-poverty group director with bribery

CLEVELAND - The former head of an agency that oversaw Head Start and certain Cleveland-area anti-poverty programs has been charged in federal court with accepting $24,000 in illegal goods and services.

Sixty-nine-year-old Jacqueline Middleton of Shaker Heights resigned in April from the Council of Economic Opportunities of Greater Cleveland after it became known she was under investigation. She is accused of accepting work on her home and other things of value from two contractors who worked for the agency.

An information filed Tuesday in Cleveland charged her with two counts of fraud, one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy. A charge by information generally means a person has agreed to plead guilty and to cooperate with prosecutors.

Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

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