- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - An East Cleveland businessman is heading to prison after admitting to trying to bribe a city councilman in an effort to get a beer and wine license.

Cleveland.com reports (https://bit.ly/1UMjVQT ) 52-year-old Mukundkumar Patel was sentenced Thursday to a year behind bars.

The Richmond Heights man wanted to add a convenience store to his business and needed the license in order to sell beer and wine. Prosecutors say he offered a bribe to Council Vice President Thomas Wheeler, who reported the offer to the FBI and assisted investigators in the probe.

Investigators say Patel paid Wheeler, a former police officer, $4,000 at a motel in October 2014 and was charged with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.


Information from: cleveland.com, https://www.cleveland.com

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