Cincy City Council Member Charged With Bribery, Attempted Extortion


UPDATE: The United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Ohio says Tamaya Dennard, 40, is accused of offering to exchange votes for money.

She was in court this afternoon and is charged with honest services wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion.

An affidavit says between August 2019 and December 2019 engaged in the acts, allegedly requesting $10,000 and $15,000 from individuals to pay for her personal expenses.

At the direction of the FBI a person and Dennard exchanged $15,000. Dennard deposited $10,000 from the individual into her bank account the day she received it. She then requested the other $5,000 in advance. The FBI says she used that money to buy a trip to Florida.

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She has been under investigation for misuse of campaign funds and was subpoenaed before a grand jury for violating Ohio's open meetings laws NOW an elected member of Cincinnati City Council has been taken into custody by the FBI.

Reports say Tamaya Dennard was arrested this morning though all the local office of the FBI will say right now is "NO COMMENT".

We have also asked for details from the U-S Attorneys office in Southern Ohio but have not heard back. We can tell you that Dennard was supposed to chair a committee meeting at Cincinnati City Hall this morning but was a no-show for that.

Local 12 says her attorney confirms that she has been arrested and we will provide more information just as soon as it is available.