Jury finds former Summit County Councilwoman guilty of taking bribes

Posted at 11:06 PM, Feb 10, 2017

A jury has found a former Summit County Councilwoman guilty of taking cash bribes in exchange for trying to influence court proceedings and investigations. 

According to the Department of Justice, Tamela Lee, 58 of Akron, was indicted on all six counts including conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud, honest services mail fraud, Hobbs Act conspiracy, violating the Hobbs Act, obstruction of justice and making false statements to law enforcement. 

According to the original indictment, Lee took money and things of other value to help others with court cases, impede a pending IRS investigation and assist a company in getting a liquor license. 

Lee is due in court for sentencing on May 26.