Ken Johnson removed from Cleveland City Council after conviction


AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – Former Cleveland Ward 4 Councilman Ken Johnson has been found guilty of corruption.

A federal jury in Akron convicted Johnson Friday on all 15 counts against him.

He has also been removed from Cleveland City Council.

Johnson was arrested by federal agents at his Buckeye-Shaker home in February. The arrest came as part of the 15-count indictment surrounding misuse of funds and conspiracy.

The indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Cleveland listed charges including conspiracy to commit theft from a federal program, aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, tampering with a witness and falsification of records during a federal investigation.

Garnell Jamison, Johnson’s executive assistant, was also found guilty.

The indictment claimed Johnson took more than $127,000 by submitting inaccurate expense reports for several years.

More on that here.

He was suspended from the Cleveland City Council in April. He was allowed to retain both his title and salary during the suspension, but city council announced Friday that’s no longer the case.

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