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Cleveland Postal Service manager charged
Bribery charges are lodged against the mManager who got the job after the old manager was convicted
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
The head of the Cleveland USPS vehicle facility is facing criminal charges
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The head of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland is facing charges he collected cash bribes in exchange for Postal Service contracts. 

Forty-five-year-old Kevin Hood of Richmond Heights was arrested today and charged with fraud. He’s accused of collecting $15,000 to $17,000 over two years from a contractor, and also getting about $8,000 in free labor on his personal cars. 

The last payment was allegedly made today, when the business owner stuffed an envelope with $100 bills and gave it to Hood. Postal Service investigators say they recorded the transaction. 

Hood started working for the Postal Service in 1998 and got his current job after the former manager of the facility was convicted on similar charges.

 

Listener Comments:

This guy, Hood, didn't want any truck drivers coming into the building for ANY reason, YES, even the rest rooms. When we complained to the union, they went to OSHA. OSHA agreed with the drivers. So he made everyone sign in and out. But to get in, someone had to open the door. This sometimes took 15 minutes or more even though they could see you through the window where we were standing. Then he had an outdoor sink installed next to the fuel pumps(est. cost 2,000, didn't work below freezing, hey it's not his money ), but it did get OSHA off his back. This guy is really a piece of work, a buck says he'll say he was "set up",just like the guy before him. WOW, what a chump


Posted by: MVS Cleveland (Cleveland Ohio) on March 11, 2014 12:03PM
People always get what they deserve! What goes around, comes around. Agree with Jon's comment: " God is great"... Many people's prayers came true the day Hood got arrested. Life is great!!!


Posted by: Maria (Cleveland) on March 10, 2014 6:03AM
This SOB had his tentacles all over the district by being the district VMF manager. He single handedly destroyed the Toledo VMF. We were current on our inspections being at least 5 techs short, NO contractors except for Lima and tags at AO's. We worked only 8 hrs OT a week. Then we went under Cleveland and HE came in, cut out our OT, and started preaching contractors, contractors, contractors. I wonder why? We are so far in the hole we will be fighting for a long time.


Posted by: VMF (Toledo) on March 9, 2014 4:03AM
Latest news on the United States Postal Service VMF. My husband was passed over for VMF manager position after being ask to be acting VMF manager for 2 years in Cleveland and then 2 years in Akron. He was told by Kevin Hood (who was just arrested yesterday for bribery) that he wasn't qualified for the position even after 20 years in the VMF. I now know why he wasn't qualified. He is honest and wouldn't take bribes. This seems to be what the Northern Ohio District is looking for in their managers because this is the third VMF manager to get arrested for this type of crime. I'm so happy that he has JUST retired and doesn't have to deal with this type of management any longer. Hopefully the USPS can clean house correctly this time, but I have a feeling is won't be the end to this story.


Posted by: Connie (Medina) on March 8, 2014 10:03AM
His last name says it all! He will not be missed!My prayers have been answered, God is Great!


Posted by: John (Akron) on March 7, 2014 6:03AM
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