Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday and charged with accepting bribes while in office.
First elected in 2011, the Democratic councilman was the presumptive front-runner in next year’s mayoral election, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Charged with bribery, wire fraud, and attempted extortion, Sittenfeld is now the third member of the city council to be arrested on charges related to bribery.
An indictment unsealed after Sittenfeld’s arrest detailed a scheme to put money from developers into Progress and Growth, a political action committee secretly controlled by Sittenfeld. The developers in the scheme were undercover FBI agents who gave