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2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Jury finds Lee guilty on six counts

CLEVELAND — Former Summit County Council member Tamela Lee will be sentenced in May after she was found guilty Feb. 10 on charges of bribery in U.S. District Court.

According to the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division Court, Lee was found guilty on six counts: 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.

Lee, who pleaded not guilty and was represented by public defenders, will be sentenced May 26 at 11 a.m., according to court records.

The West Akron resident was accused of soliciting and accepting things from convenience store owner Omar Abdelqader, including money, loans, campaign contributions, home improvements, home maintenance services and consumer goods. In return, she allegedly performed and promised to perform official acts, including helping him and others navigate government bureaucracy, achieve favorable outcomes in judicial and administrative proceedings and obtain streamlined access to information, according to the indictment. Brothers Abdelrahman Abdelqader and Omar Abdelqader pleaded guilty to charges last month and will be sentenced May 4, according to court records.

Lee’s term on Council ended Dec. 31, though she had been barred from having any contact with county employees under the terms of her bond. She was defeated in last year’s Democratic Primary by David Hamilton, also of West Akron, who then defeated Republican John Sans in the General Election. District 5 includes Copley, Fairlawn and parts of West Akron and Bath.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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