Ohio city official indicted on bribery charges

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a former city of Cleveland employee on bribery charges.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/XpPemA ) reports that 29-year-old LeJon Woods is accused of attempting to extort $7,000 in bribes from three companies facing fines for not complying with city minority-hiring contract requirements.

Woods, a contract compliance officer, resigned Friday. His attorney says they are determining how to respond to the charges.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Frank Jackson said Cleveland police became aware of possible criminal activity in June 2010 and notified the FBI.

The indictment said the companies allegedly targeted by Woods were required by their city contract to utilize a minimum percentage of minority business enterprises, disadvantaged business enterprises and city resident workers.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com