FBI Announces Bribery Charges Against PG Sittenfeld


( Cincinnati ) - For the third time this year, a member of Cincinnati City Council has been arrested on federal charges.

The FBI Thursday announced a six-count indictment against Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld. The 2021 mayoral candidate was taken into custody Thursday morning by the FBI at his home in Walnut Hills.

Sittenfeld's arrest comes after fellow Councilman Jeff Pastor was arrested just last week and similar federal bribery charges being filed against Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard earlier this year.

According to the indictment, Sittenfeld is accused of corruptly soliciting and receiving payments to a PAC that he secretly controlled. It total, the FBI says he accepted $40,000 in exchange for favorable votes and the promise of swaying other votes on City Council.

Sittenfeld is facing two counts each of honest services wire fraud, bribery, and attempted extortion. If found guilty on all charges, Sittenfeld is looking at decades in prison.

The FBI says they will continue to watch, but as of now the arrest of Sittenfeld appears to be the final one associated with this investigation.