Cleveland, OH - More allegations of greed and corruption.
The target this time - former and current employees of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The probe involves District 12 - which is located in Garfield Heights. 19 Action News Investigative Reporter Carl Money has learned at least eight employees, included some top O-DOT officials have already been suspended or fired for gross misconduct.
All targeted in a massive corruption probe that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Monday's investigative team has been investigating allegations that O-DOT workers accepted cash and other payments from vendors in exchange for state contracts for months.
State investigators say millions of dollars may have exchanged hands, along with free trips and frequent trips to local strip clubs.
In exchange for contracts, vendors paid nearly $400K dollars in improper payments to three of the employees - District Manager Dennis Katochvil, Equipment Supt. Terry Kosmata and Parts Warehouse Supervisor Kevin Horrigan.
Investigators say Cosmata, who owns a sportsfighing charter business, booked 500 fishing trips with vendors who paid him over a quarter million dollars.
Horrigan, who ran a foreclosure business out of this home in Northfield Center, sold more than $40K dollars in services to O-DOT. Much of it was never delivered.
Investigators say Former District Manager Kratochvil's greed was fueled by his infatuation with strippers, giving one stripper $4,000 dollars for breast augmentation, paid strippers for sex - sometimes in the O-DOT garage.
Monday, June 17 2013 9:22 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:22:37 GMT
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