Consultant to Chief Wahoo opponent accused of embezzlement


CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged an Ohio man accused of embezzling over $180,000 in federal grants intended to help Native Americans.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2nmDQYD ) reports there’s a twist: Defendant Craig McGuire was a consultant to a Native American man who’s been among the leading opponents of the Cleveland Indians baseball team using the divisive Chief Wahoo logo.

In court documents, authorities allege an embezzlement conspiracy between McGuire and the director of a Cleveland-area nonprofit group that supports Native American causes. The director hasn’t been charged.

McGuire is charged with theft of government funds and with conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. The 47-year-old suburban Columbus man is charged in a way that typically indicates a defendant is cooperating with authorities.

His attorney, Patrick Talty, declined to comment Friday.

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