Ex-chief of Cleveland VA Medical Center indicted

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former director of the Veterans Affairs medical center in Cleveland is accused of accepting bribes and has been indicted on federal charges in a long-running county corruption investigation.

Federal authorities allege William Montague took bribes in exchange for influencing VA decisions and development projects. Montague pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 36 counts, which include bribery, wire and mail fraud, and disclosing public contract information.

A statement from the VA inspector general’s agent in charge in Cleveland said there’s no tolerance for violating public trust for personal gain.

Montague’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Montague, now 61, led the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 until 2010. He then served as acting director of the Dayton VA Medical Center for part of 2011 before resuming retirement.

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