CINCINNATI (FOX19) — Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested early Thursday on federal corruption charges, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells FOX19 NOW.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court at 1:30 p.m., court officials tell us.
Federal authorities are holding an 11 a.m. news conference to discuss an arrest in a public corruption case.
Charges unveiled against Sittenfeld in his 20-page indictment allege he schemed to funnel money from developers into a political action committee (PAC) that he secretly controlled, court records show.
The “developers” were really undercover FBI agents who handed a total of $40,000 in Sittenfeld checks on three different occasions, according to the indictment.
Sittenfeld, who could not be immediately reached for comment, is running to be Cincinnati’s mayor and considered by some as the front runner with thousands of dollars raised for his campaign.
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