Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 24th, 2020
While there are enormous instances of disconnection, still an ecclesiastical presupposition given in 1st Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after it, they have deliberately blunder from the faith, and pierced themselves through with scores of sorrows.
On Tuesday afternoon November 24th, 2020 former Cincinnati Council member Tamaya Dennard was sentenced to 18 months of prison time in connection to a federal corruption case.
Not only that, she is required to repay $15,000, plus probation after her sentence is served. But For the love of money, she would have been well on her to a promising profession in the political arena.
Accordingly Dennard was elected to Cincinnati City Council in November 2017 and resigned on Monday March 2nd, 2020.
Nonetheless, accordingly the judge has ruled Dennard will not be reporting for her imprisonment until the threat of COVID-19 is over.
Subsequently, the 40 year old Dennard, a Democrat, pleaded guilty to a single charge of wire fraud in June. She was initially also facing bribery and extortion charges prior to a plea deal.
And here comes Cincinnati Council member 36-year-old Jeff Pastor, a Republican, who similarly was arrested and indicted just weeks ago on federal bribery, extortion, money laundering and fraud charges. According to federal investigators, Pastor was “aggressive and cavalier” about soliciting bribes, starting shortly after he took office nearly three years ago.
Here we go again. Because both Cincinnati Council member(s) Jeff Pastor and P.G. Sittenfeld served with former Cincinnati Council member Tamaya Dennard they should have learned lessons from colleague.
The former council member allegedly requested between $10,000 and $15,000 from an individual to pay for her personal expenses.
At the direction of and in coordination with the FBI, the individual and Dennard exchanged a total of $15,000, in increments of $10,000 and $5,000, for upcoming votes on a matter scheduled to be heard by council.
She was the first of three members of Cincinnati City Council indicted this year on federal charges.
In cynical sort of a way I am reminded of an account given in Luke 6:39: that asked these questions; “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Subsequently 36 year old P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democrat, was indicted last week on federal fraud, bribery and attempted extortion charges.
However, according to court documents, between August and December 2019, Dennard engaged in acts and attempted acts of bribery and extortion, attempting to exchange her votes for money.
Judge Dlott said, Dennard’s remorse appears to be sincere and that she’s a good person who made a serious mistake.
Reportedly, Dlott stated in court, “It hurts to have to send someone like you to prison.”
Also, she mentioned the Gang of Five City Hall scandal and the other recent indictments of Republican Jeff Pastor and Democrat P. G. Sittenfeld, saying the prison term sends a message that breaking the public trust won’t be tolerated. The word on the street is not a very fear person!