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Former Cincinnati Council member Tamaya Dennard pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to honest services wire fraud.
Dennard, 40, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. The bribery and extortion charges against Dennard were dropped as part of the plea deal.
The plea agreement comes after a court filing made earlier this month, where a judge granted a motion requested by Dennard to extend the deadline to file pretrial motions while she is in discussions with the government.
According to court documents, between August and December 2019, Dennard engaged in acts and attempted acts of bribery and extortion, attempting to exchange her votes for money.
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Dennard allegedly requested between $10,000 and $15,000 from an individual to pay for her personal expenses.
At the direction of and in coordination with the FBI, the individual and Dennard exchanged a total of $15,000, in increments of $10,000 and $5,000, for upcoming votes on a matter scheduled to be heard by council.
Dennard was elected to Cincinnati City Council in November 2017 and resigned on March 2, 2020.
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