Johnson got $10,000 in campaign cash from “a” Fayne and Winston while living in Twinsburg and pushing the East Side Market deal on council

CLEVELAND, OH – Jeffrey Johnson had no legal right to serve on Cleveland city council after he married and lived with his wife and her two children in Twinsburg; and should have “forfeited” in obedience to state residency laws for public officials.  The state’s “residency requirements for public officials” are clear.  The boldfaced words in the preceding paragraph are the actual caption of section 3.15 of the Revised Code of Ohio.

3.15 Residency requirements for public officials.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, at all times during one’s term of office:  (1) Each member of the general assembly and each elected voting member of the state board of education shall be a resident of the district the member represents.  (2) Each judge and each elected officer of a court shall be a resident of the territory of that court. (3) Each person holding an elective office of a political subdivision shall be a resident of that political subdivision. (4) Each member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward shall be a resident of the ward the member represents, and each member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict shall be a resident of the subdistrict the member represents.  (B) Any person who fails to meet any of the requirements of division (A) of this section that apply to the person shall forfeit the office. Division (A) of this section applies to persons who have been either elected or appointed to an elective office. Division (A) of this section does not apply to a member of the general assembly or the state board of education, to a member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward, or to a member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict, during the remainder of the member’s existing term of office after there is a change in the member’s district’s, ward’s, or subdistrict’s boundaries that leaves the member’s permanent residence outside the district, ward, or subdistrict.

Had Johnson obeyed the law above, the $10,000 he collected between East Side Market developer Arthur Fayne’s wife, Gina Fayne, and NEON’s CEO Willie Austin wouldn’t be listed on his 2017 campaign finance report as evidence of his accepting “a thing of value” from the contractor and health agency director his lack of legislative oversight was helping to empower their fraudulent invoicing scheme.  His name would not be again be on the lips of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and the prosecutors in the United States Department of Justice who have obtained an indictment against Fayne.

Fayne’s bank records were obtained by federal agents.  They know everybody who received a check.

Johnson should assume information like this is and more is available on him in the FBI’s full criminal investigation file of the facts that led to Fayne’s federal indictment.  He should assume he’ll be, again, facing “federal” questions about how he avoided discharging his oversight duties to enforce laws to disobey them as he enriched himself with campaign funds that came from their theft and misappropriation of health care dollars.

Johnson wasn’t using the office of a member of council to oversee the successful development of the Glenville Shopping Center.   He was actively pushing his “dream” to make himself look like he was doing something.

Johnson was using the office to acquire “things of value” for himself like he did the first time the Hobbs Act violator was indicted by the United States Department of Justice on March 4, 1998; after FBI agents arrested him for “caught on tape” request for $17,000 in bribes from Aly Hamed.  He was facing up to 20 years in prison.

At least he’s not cheap like former Councilman Robert White and his $500 dolla holla bribe that got him convicted.  Emmanuel Onunwor’s cut of the $10,0000 a  month Nate Gray got off the OMI/CH2M Hill contract was $700.  Jungle money.

Mayor Frank Jackson has “mandatory” oversight duties to supervise, pursuant to section 733.34 of the Revised Code of Ohio, the conduct of all the city’s officers and employees.  He’s supposed to be the “punisher” instead of the “enabler” of criminal misconduct.

Annually, every “subrecipient” receiving federal and city dollars are supposed to be “audited” or “monitored.”  At some point Austin and board chairman Rodney Thomas should have received a “site visit” from a designee of Jackson wanting to see the books if they received city funds.

Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell told EJBNEWS Johnson was promoting the development project to him when the city’s wards were redrawn after the last census; and he inherited the project as one his former colleague asked him to support.  Johnson is now employed as a bailiff by former Atlanta, Georgia resident Mona Scott.  The city newcomer was elected to the housing court in 2017.

The federal investigation that resulted in the late Judge Raymond Pianka receiving a visit by agents of the U.S. Department of Treasury for his collusion with James Rokakis and Gus Frangos at the county landbank is ongoing.  Rokakis recently resigned as the landbank’s director.  Pianka died of a heart attack within two weeks after his talk with federal agents.  There’s no difference in the practices of the housing court that got a panicky Pianka his heart attack inducing visit from federal agents.  Scott’s kept rolling right along.

Conwell said he had no idea Austin’s last year’s earnings were $511,000; and that his wages for managing a $24 million federally-funded health agency had exceeded $400,000 a year over the past 5 years.  He said board chairman Rev. Rodney Thomas has problems.

“You [this writer] were a mayor with more responsibility and a bigger budget and you were paid $40,000.  He earns more than Mayor Jackson.  More than the President of the United States.  This is money that’s being taken from poor people that would improve their health and it’s not right,” Conwell said.  “The board is going to have to answer a lot of questions.”

Johnson went through great “lying” and “deceptive” lengths to remain on council and involved in the East Side Market deal during his 2017 campaign for mayor from Twinsburg.  Attorney Inajo Chappelle works for Ulmer & Berne and chairs the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  Cleveland city council and Jackson control the school and CMHA boards feeding her law firm with contracts.

I challenged Johnson’s residency and he admitted to residing in Twinsburg as a married man with his family.  The home at Parkgate in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood was one in which Johnson claimed he intended to return.   The state’s residency law and Chappelle’s authority ended with his admission to being married with a family in Twinsburg.

Johnson would have had no fundraising success campaigning for Cleveland mayor as a Twinsburg resident had he obeyed the state’s residency law for elected officials and forfeited as he was mandated to do by the state law.  He had no legal authority to be using Cleveland’s public office to communicate with Winston or Fayne as a Twinsburg resident on Cleveland’s council; and in truth was obstructing them from interacting with an “authorized” official of the municipal corporation with his own criminal scheme as he used them for campaign cash instead of obeying and advising them to obey laws.

Jackson knew Johnson wasn’t a city resident.  With his duty to supervise the conduct of the city’s officers he failed to ensure that neither Fayne nor Winston were both out of compliance; or involved with a non-resident impersonating a municipal officer and his criminally-obstructive schemes to keep the office he had an individual duty to forfeit.

Johnson’s legislative influence over Ulmer & Berne’s Cleveland Municipal School District and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) contracts appears to have compelled Chappelle to twist a ruling that accepted his “intent to return” claim instead of applying the residency statute for candidates pursuant to Title 35 of the Revised Code of Ohio as written.  Johnson returned to Cleveland and moved to a home once home by Mayor Carl Stokes in Shaker Square.  The lying politician didn’t return to Glenville even when he ran for the Ohio Senate after losing for mayor in 2017.

The building that Arthur Fayne spent big money leasing and making pretty with health care money as a developer is now up for sale as a ready to move in property.

Johnson’s campaign finance reports for 2017 also show him receiving an in-kind donation from attorney Dynda Thomas’ Glenville Commons that rents to Oak Tree Health Care at 10553 St. Clair Avenue.  $625 a month in free rent for 7 months.  An extra thing of value from NEON’s competitor.

It’s difficult to feel any sympathy towards Johnson as a review of the records associated with NEON’s misappropriation of federal care funds that made their way to his campaign through Winston and Fayne through his wife is what it is: evidence of monies intended to benefit the poor being misdirected away from the poor by people who look like the poor and who the poor should have been able to trust.  He’s a Case Western Reserve University-educated attorney.  Johnson’s got no excuse “not” to know the laws he has duties to obey as someone I competed with for the Glenville council seat in 1984 after Mike White joined the Ohio Senate as Morris Jackson’s replacement.

There were nine of us in that race.  He’s the only person among the 9 to have been indicted and convicted of a crime in any office of public trust or in their employment. The character of every other candidate was better than this career political grandstander as the years have shown.

Johnson now wants to run for the 11th Congressional District.  Why?  After 36 years in and around public life, including living off the taxpayers in jail, what has he got to show for that much time even in life?  Johnson didn’t even father or raise a child.  He married into another man’s family after his children were almost grown.  Throughout his adult life Johnson lived in the duplex on Parkgate his father owned and left him and his sister.

Johnson’s going to have a story after he reads and reacts to this one; and has to explain himself all over again to those who trusted him … again.  He claimed to have been “entrapped” in 1998.  He seemed to neglect the truth that he was entrapped stealing.  In Johnson’s mind maybe his stealing didn’t matter.  Only his own selfish civil rights; and not the health rights of the poor people from whom he was stealing a public office to enrich himself.  It’s why in 36 years with time off in prison he didn’t read R.C. 749.01 to know he could have fought on council and in the Ohio senate to deliver free health care and improved the laws that provided it.

Johnson even used his office to get another thing of value from Cleveland taxpayers when they paid the cost of the personal litigation from his assult on Don Bryant.  He called him a “white radical type.”  On Johnson’s campaign finance report for Cleveland mayor is a $25 donation from Rick Nagin.

The East Side Market is not in the ward Cleveland Heights resident Basheer Jones serves as a member of Cleveland city council. The “new” Jeffrey Johnson. What he has is access to $1.2 million in funds former councilman TJ Dow was able to compile to build a recreation center at the old Little Africa site on Superior Avenue. There’s no resolution showing if any of the $1.2 million was invested with the East Side Market. Cleveland councilmen and women illegally split HUD block grant dollars 17 ways and pledge them to projects far outside the limits of federal laws and regulations. Linda Hudacek told them in 2000 it was illegal but they didn’t listen. The feds need to take a real close look at how John Anoliefo’s moving Famicos money at the “individual” requests of council members.

I interviewed Nagin for my 1985 “Cleveland Perspective” talk show on AM850 WRMR.  He was the head of Cleveland’s Communist Party in a nation where the National Security Act of 1950 and the Communist Control Act of 1954 outlawed Communism.  He also ran the office of Dennis Kucinich, the son of an illegal Croatian immigrant, when he served in Congress.

Kucinich interviewed Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad for FOX in violation of the Logan Act of 1799 and the Espionage Act of 1917.  Journalists have no authority to communicate with a foreign government’s officials simply because they’re journalists.  Kucinich’s interview with Assad was exactly the type of disregard for the nation’s laws the Communist Control Act of 1954 identified as justification for criminalizing the political party Nagin led; and that Russian Bolshevik Bernie Sanders, another child of illegal aliens, is trying to infiltrate into the nation under the guise of his “Progressives.”

It seems a feeble argument for Johnson to use Bryant’s skin color and false claim about his radicalism as justification for his criminal violence against him with him taking money from Nagin; and for Cleveland taxpayers picking up the costs of the litigation and damages for his assault.  Bryant, unlike Johnson, was looking out for the poor when he was questioning police chief Michael McGrath at the Glenville YMCA about the 137 bullet slaughter of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in East Cleveland in November 2012.

Johnson snatched the microphone from Bryant and committed his assault, unchecked against the American citizen, right in front of McGrath.  This was supposed to be the meeting council members like Johnson claimed gave the Cleveland public the opportunity to speak about their acts during city council meetings and as public officials; instead of allowing them to speak about their acts during city council meetings like in every other city.  The only “radicals” at the public meeting were Johnson and the police chief covering up for killers.

Federal law enforcement officers are not perfect and like local police make mistakes.  The investigatory environment they operate in is more specific and geared towards protecting rights while at the same time investigating criminals.

Fayne’s got a conviction from 2019 that came right after he got the East Side Market open.  It involves him and a cop being accused of stealing a dead man’s home by the dead man’s mother.  Now this.  He also has a past.  He wants to have some type of future.

He’s the first piece to fall in this network of criminals and all I’ve done is follow the public records.  The FBI has a guy with a past who wants a future; and he’s on record as passing money around to politicians who ignored duties to investigate his fake invoices and gambling habit.  The story I see unfolding is not going to be pretty.  The net the FBI and USDOJ is casting is wide.

The easiest job in the United States of America is that of an elected or appointed public official administered an oath of office to obey two constitutions, federal, state and local laws that are free and online; and written in plain English that requires no interpretation.  The problem is getting curve graded politicians and bureaucrats to read and obey them as written in plain English.

At least Jeff’s parents don’t have to be embarassed at their lazy-azzed and self-entitled son fucking up again.  His wife’s smart enough to cut her losses.  She’s filed for an annulment.

[All photos fairly used for educational purposes].

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

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