Cuyahoga County

County probation officer indicted for bribery

5/18/2015 Cleveland – A Cuyahoga County probation officer was indicted on bribery charges for offering to release a probationer from probation in exchange for cash, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Michael Williams, 45, of Bedford, faces one count of Bribery and one count of Tampering with Records. The investigation revealed that on May 15, 2015, Williams solicited a payment of $750 from a probationer under his supervision. In exchange for a portion of the money, Williams offered early release from probation. The probationer contacted the Sheriff’s office and agreed to help detectives with the investigation. That same day, Sheriff’s detectives covertly recorded a meeting at a local restaurant, where the probationer handed Williams marked bills provided to by the detectives. At the time of his arrest, Detectives found Williams still in possession of the marked bills. Williams cooperated with the investigation after his arrest.

“The public should expect that their courthouse will be free of corruption. Any public official working in the legal system who abuses their position of power and trust must answer for their criminal conduct,” said Matthew Meyer, Supervisor of the Public Corruption Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Read the indictment.

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