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Former Metro Housing Director sentenced to 10 months

April 5, 2012

George Phillips-Olivier, age 54, former Executive Director of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for making false statements to federal agents in connection with the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation, said Sharon L. Long, Deputy Chief, Criminal Division for the Northern District of Ohio.

The false statements were made by Phillips-Olivier during an FBI interview on October 15, 2008, and related to things of value received by Phillips-Olivier from contractor William Neiheiser. The sentence was imposed by Judge Sara Lioi after a jury found Phillips-Olivier guilty on December 14, 2011, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ยง 1001.

The conviction and sentence is a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nancy L. Kelley and Henry F. DeBaggis

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