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A couple from Kirtland found guilty of bribing officials and tax manipulation

James Stephens

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KIRTLAND, OH - A couple from Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Tucceri, III, 75, and Gwen Tucceri, 61, was sentenced to eighteen months of imprisonment.

The couple was found guilty of bribing Rufus Taylor, former Chief of the Demolition Bureau for the city of Cleveland, as announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan.

Delivered by U.S. Judge Christopher A. Boyko, the complete sentence of Joseph and Gwen was 18 months of imprisonment, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay compensation in the amount of $114,422 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rufus Taylor himself was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for his role in public corruption.

According to the court document records of the case, the couple owned and operated R Demolition, a company business that provided demolition and construction services in the Cleveland area.

From December 2016 until May 2018, the Tucceris provided money more than $1,600 in cash payments, to Rufus Taylor, for facilitating their service and give favorable treatment regarding work performed by R Demolition on contracts within the city of Cleveland.

The Tucceri couple were also found guilty of tax fraud. They submitted false income tax returns of their company by reporting less income for three years from 2015, 2016, and 2017. As a result, the returns understated the full amount of taxes owed by their company.

This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of the FBI, Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, and IRS-Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Chelsea S. Rice and Elliot D. Morrison.

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