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Monday, September 26, 2011

Patrick Coyne, Top Cuyahoga Dem, Indicted in Corruption Probe (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Another one bites . . . ? Ah! The dust. Thats it.
  • Another one bites . . . ? Ah! The dust. That's it.

Update II: Patrick Coyne was sentenced to 57 months in prison. (WOIO) According to the PD, the fact that Coyne scammed an 84-year-old out of over $32,000 weighed heavily in the sentence. Coyne told the judge


"I'm a better person than that, and I think over my lifetime I demonstrated that. But I fell into a pattern. I truly apologize."

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Update: Patrick Coyne pleaded guilty this morning to taking small cash mountains of bribes and "tricking an investor into giving him $32,000 in a phony Krispy Kreme doughnut shop deal." (Huh?)

His plea agreement with prosecutors, according to the PD, calls for between 3 years and 5 months and 4 years and 3 months in prison. (Cleveland.com)Grzegorek

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Do you hear that chunky bassline? That tight rhythm? Is that Freddie Mercury we’re hearing? Damn, what’s the name of this song? Another one . . . Another dusting? . . . Another bite . . . ?

The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to clean up all the sad sacks riding the bench, waiting for their turn in the spotlight. This time, the Feds called up former Strongsville Councilman Patrick Coyne, a guy who’s hopped around from so many public service jobs he’s like the Kenny Lofton of the polluted cesspool that is Cuyahoga County government.

Officials arrested Coyne today on charges of bribery, according to the Plain Dealer. When we say he was a former Strongsville councilman, we mean that in the most immediate sense possible: Coyne with no stated reason gave up his council seat on Friday, a gig he had for 20 years, which means he probably saw this train barreling down the tracks.

The Feds allege Coyne took bribes totaling $20,000 from real estate developer David Terry, who pleaded guilty to his own set of charges.

Besides being a Strongsville councilmen, Coyne has logged time (and drawn paychecks) from the Cuyahoga County treasurer’s office, Prosecutor Bill Mason’s office, and the Cuyahoga County Corner’s office, where he came under fire after Frank Miller booted him, then let it slip he’d been pressured by Mason to grease Coyne with the $120,000-a-year job originally. We know this is very inspiring to all you recent grads thinking about life in the public sector. The dedication. The sacrifice.

So basically this is a guy who’s had top-dollar taxpayer salaries (in addition to alleged bribes) paying for his lifestyle, which ironically (and hopefully) will continue, in a way — that is, in jail.

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