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Council Member Jeff Pastor Facing Federal Bribery Charges

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Cincinnati City Council Member Jeff Pastor is facing federal charges including attempted bribery, extortion and money laundering. FBI agents arrested him Tuesday morning.

Authorities describe a bribery scheme involving payoffs for help with city development projects. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Pastor solicited and received $55,000 in bribes between August 2019 and February 2019 in exchange for "promised official action related to projects before the City of Cincinnati."

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the charges is Cincinnati Enquirer City Hall Reporter Sharon Coolidge.

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