Consultant to Chief Wahoo opponent pleads guilty in theft

CLEVELAND (AP) — A grant writer accused of working with a Native American activist to steal more than $180,000 in federal grants intended to help Native Americans in Ohio has pleaded guilty to federal charges. reports 47-year-old Craig McGuire, of Lewis Center, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of government funds and a conspiracy charge. His attorney declined to comment afterward.

Authorities allege a conspiracy between McGuire and the director of a Cleveland-area nonprofit group that supports Native American causes. Investigators haven’t charged the director, who’s known as a vocal opponent of the Cleveland Indians baseball team using the divisive Chief Wahoo logo.

McGuire has agreed to cooperate with investigators and to testify at trial if requested. If he fulfills his agreement, his potential sentence is between eight and 14 months in prison.

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