Former Bedford law director pleads guilty in public corruption case

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BEDFORD, Ohio — Former Bedford Law Director and Prosecutor Kenneth Schuman has pleaded guilty to a public corruption offense.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Schuman entered his plea to one count of unlawful interest in a public contract. He’ll be sentenced Sept. 3.

The charge involves a contract for bond work that Schuman awarded in his official capacity in 2006 to the Cleveland law firm of Vorys, Sater Seymour & Pease. After it was paid by the city, the law firm paid Schuman $9,500.

He resigned from his position in April.

A co-defendant, Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III, will go on trial Aug. 6.

“Public officials in Cuyahoga County need to remember that they serve the public’s interest, not their own,” Assistant County Prosecutor Matthew Meyer, Supervisor of the Public Corruption Unit, said in a statement. “Ken Schuman, however, decided to use the power of his office for his own personal benefit. Now he’s going to pay the price.”

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