Cleveland Postal VMF Manager charged with taking bribes in exchange for contracts

uspsoigThe manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was charged with taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Monica Weyler, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General Eastern Area Field Office.

Kevin Hood, 45, of Richmond Heights, was arrested Thursday and charged with wire fraud and honest services wire fraud.

“Some defendants appear to still have not gotten the message that accepting bribes has no place in Northeast Ohio,” Dettelbach said. “We will continue to work to stamp out public corruption in all its forms.”

“This crime is particularly egregious considering the defendant was promoted to this position because the former manager was convicted on similar charges,” Weyler said.

Hood worked for the Postal Service since 1998 and most recently served as the manager of the Vehicle Maintenance Facility at 1801 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland. In that job, Hood had the ability to award and monitor contracts on behalf of the Postal Service.

The owner of a Cleveland company that has contracts with the Postal Service said Hood approached him for money in order to get work and contracts from the Postal Service. In late 2011, the business owner paid Hood in cash and believed he had to continue to pay Hood to receive work, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

The owner estimated he paid between $15,000 and $17,000 to Hood to date. He also estimated he provided up to $8,000 in free labor on Hood’s personal vehicles, according to the complaint.

The owner stated Hood told him this was part of the deal in the owner receiving Postal Service work, according to the complaint.

On March 6, the owner paid Hood $4,500 in $100 bills. Hood placed the envelope containing the bills in his left boot. The transaction was monitored and recorded by USPS Office of Inspector General special agents, according to the complaint.

A charge is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Miranda Dugi and Antoinette T. Bacon following an investigation by special agents of the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

13 thoughts on “Cleveland Postal VMF Manager charged with taking bribes in exchange for contracts

  1. What this story neglects to tell you is that Kevin Hood along with Kenny Robertson where the top aids and second in command to Ulysses Bradley and took over for him in 2009 whan Bradley..then head of the U.S. Postal Service Northeast Ohio vehicle fleet was convicted and sentenced to 2 years in jail for the same thing ! See attached story… The Post Office allowed this to continue by having the same people that knew what was going on then take over after Bradley was removed…And they’ll do it again and in fact still to this day has one of them still in charge of the Cleveland VMF. Until he is gone and a fresh face and a fresh audit happens we’ll never know the degree of the corruption going on in Cleveland…

  2. The Postal Service is trying its best to contract out the Motor Vehicle Craft. I would think their rationale is to lower cost. It is obvious with all these convictions of VMF Managers that is the true source of lost. The Motor Vehicle Craft positions should be maintained and the dishonest Managers should be replaced. The lost, if any from operations should disappear. Provided of course the Service stops making stupid replacements.

  3. same thing happened at Mid-Island, LI, NY 117/119…..they hid mr kickback in west virginia for a couble of years, then he landed on his feet in washington, dc. corruption is job #1 at PO. crime does pay! OIG & Postal Inspectors are the Waffen SS of the PO.

    WE NOT?

  5. What’s round on each end and HI in the middle? OHIO.

    Kevin Hood would certainly fit in great as a Congressman or even some top managers position in D.C. for the USPS.

  6. sounds like they just found an ‘asistant’
    for donahoe. i can’t think of a more perfect fit than KEVIN HOOD!

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