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Former Cuyahoga County Jail Warden Eric Ivey pleads guilty to obstruction and falsification

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:18:23-04

CLEVELAND — Eric Ivey, the former warden of the Cuyahoga County Jail who was demoted to associate warden earlier this year, cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to obstruction and falsification.

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Eric Ivey with his attorney in court on Monday, Aug. 19.

His charges stem from an incident in which Ivey allegedly ordered a corrections officer to shut off his body camera during an "emergency incident" that involved the death of an inmate. He also allegedly lied to investigators about the incident.

Ivey was demoted from warden to associate warden in February for violating the county nepotism policy, and was the part of the Nov. 2018 U.S. Marshals report outlining Ivey's performance as warden.

In a report obtained by News 5, Ivey's resume contained exaggerated statements such boasting that he "spearheaded the preparation and readiness for the Ohio State Jail Inspection in 2015 and 2016, first time center received full compliance."

As part of his guilty plea and deal, Ivey agreed to cooperate with state investigators in the on-going jail probe. He also agreed to resign from his position.

Aside from his charges related to problems at the jail, News 5 reported in March that Ivey was behind nearly $20,000 in property taxes to the county that signs his paycheck.

Ivey's vacant and unsecured home on Cleveland's East Side has been accruing the huge bill for several years, which includes delinquent water, sewer and lawn cutting fees, according to court records.

Ivey is scheduled to be sentenced September 30. He faces up to one year in jail on the misdemeanor charges.

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