Federal prosecutors are recommending that former Portland parking manager Ellis K. McCoy go to prison for 2 ½ years for accepting bribes worth almost $200,000 in a long-running scam to cut out the competition for city parking meter contracts.
He accepted $164,567 in cash or checks and another $35,400 in travel, entertainment and meals from Florida parking meter supplier George R. Levey and an unnamed executive from a second company while steering multimillion-dollar city contracts to their businesses between January 2002 and July 2011, according to the federal government.
McCoy, now 63, pleaded guilty in late August 2012 to taking bribes, filing false income tax returns and conspiring to accept bribes. His sentencing, set for next Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court in Portland, will follow nearly four years after the FBI raided his city office and Hillsboro apartment and arrested him on Aug. 10, 2011.
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