- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former Cleveland city councilman has been indicted on 26 misdemeanor charges for his votes on legislation awarding money to a design company that employed his wife.

Joe Cimperman said Wednesday that he accepts full responsibility for his actions and is not contesting the charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Cleveland.com reports the charges relate to votes from 2002 to 2015 that directed city money to a nonprofit company where his wife worked.

Cimperman, a Democrat, was first elected to the council in 1998. He resigned in 2016.

Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson issued a statement in support of Cimperman and said he is proud to call him a friend.

Arraignment is scheduled for Friday.

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