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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ohio Former VA director indicted on 36 counts of conspiracy, bribes and kickbacks

Former Veterans Affairs director indicted on 36 counts accusing him of conspiracy, accepting bribes and kickbacks
The Plain Dealer
By James F. McCarty
June 19, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal grand jury today returned a 36-count indictment against William Montague, the former director of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.

The 51-page indictment accuses Montague, 61, of accepting bribes and kickbacks, and of conspiring to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs in league with convicted electrical contractor Michael Forlani, the former owner of Doan Pyramid Electric.

Montague accepted gifts, money and other things of value from Forlani in exchange for favorable information that helped Forlani to receive VA contracts over competitors, and used his influence to steer companies to lease office space from Forlani, the indictment states.

The indictment comes about three weeks after FBI agents searched Montague's home in Brecksville.
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