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Kirtland couple gets 18 months in prison for bribing a former city of Cleveland employee

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The couple bribed a former Cleveland demolition employee.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s note: the video in the player above is from a story published on Jan. 4, 2021.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that a Kirtland couple has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to bribery of a former City of Cleveland demolition employee. 

Joseph Tucceri, III, 75, and Gwen Tucceri, 61, both received 18 months imprisonment, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $114,422 to the IRS, according to a release sent to 3News Thursday afternoon. 

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The husband and wife owned and operated “R Demolition” in Cleveland, and pleaded guilty to providing cash payments, as well as valuable items, to Rufus Taylor, the former Chief of the Demolition Bureau for the city of Cleveland. 

According to court records, the payments were used to secure contracts for jobs within the city of Cleveland. The couple also admitted to submitting false tax returns, underreporting their income for 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

According to Brennan, Taylor was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in the scheme. 

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Editor’s note: the video in the player above is from a previously published, unrelated story.

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