Cuyahoga County

Former mayor of Valley View pleads guilty to money laundering, attempted racketeering over campaign funds

5/6/2014

Cleveland – Former Valley View Mayor Randall Westfall pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges involving the laundering of campaign contributions for his personal use.

Westfall, who served as mayor from 2000 until he resigned in 2013, could face more than 10 years in prison when Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia sentences him June 3. He pleaded guilty to attempted racketeering, tampering with records and theft in office.

Westfall, 63, earned $50,000 a year as mayor and $15,000 as safety director for Valley View, a village of about 2,000 people that often makes the news when the nearby Cuyahoga River floods. Before taking office in 2000, he served six years as a councilman while his father, Arthur Westfall, served as mayor.

Authorities said a special state audit of Valley View and Solon uncovered financial irregularities. In court documents, prosecutors said Westfall siphoned campaign funds to take several trips to Mexico, buy property, make car payments and pay property taxes.

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