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Montague pleads guilty to corruption charges

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Our Scott Taylor broke this story back in 2013 and was the first reporter on the scene as the FBI raided William Montague's home in Brecksville Our Scott Taylor broke this story back in 2013 and was the first reporter on the scene as the FBI raided William Montague's home in Brecksville
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The former Director of the VA Medical Center in Cleveland pleads guilty to 64 criminal charges. 
 
61-year-old William D. Montague, former director of the Cleveland and Dayton VA Medical Centers admitted to conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, bribery, money laundering, multiple counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, disclosing public contract information and other charges.

According to the indictment, Montague began working for the VA in 1975 and served as director of the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.

He agreed to pay more than $390,000 to satisfy restitution and forfeiture requirements. 

"As a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director, William Montague misled staff and misused his position to enrich himself and businesses pursuing contracts with the agency," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of  Cleveland FBI Office. "We are pleased with the acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Montague, along with the significant forfeiture amount to be returned to the Department of Veteran's Affairs."

Montague served as director of the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 until February 2010.

On March 11, 2011, Montague began working as director of the Dayton VA Medical Center, a position he held through December of that same year.
 
The indictment is part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

Montague is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20. 

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