CLEVELAND - A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted attorney Jared Wilson, 33, of Kent on multiple charges after accepting money from a criminal defendant to ensure that an alleged victim of domestic violence would change her story and not cooperate with authorities, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty confirmed.
He was indicted on one count each of bribery, attempted tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and telecommunications fraud, all of which are felonies.
McGinty said the indictment comes from an Oct. 17 incident when "...Wilson accepted $1,000 from a criminal defendant in a domestic violence case to help the complaining witness write an affidavit changing her story and to make sure she would 'disappear' and thus be unavailable to receive a subpoena when her case went to court."
According to McGinty, Wilson, who had a prior professional relationship with the complaining witness in the domestic violence case, accepted the $1,000 from the defendant with an agreement to get paid another $4,000 at a later date, according to a news release.
Solon police officers arrested him after monitoring the conversation and observing the cash change hands in a restaurant right next door to the Solon Police station.
"Attorneys have a responsibility to pursue justice, but in this case, an attorney agreed to take cash to make a witness disappear and be unavailable for court," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Meyer, head of the Public Corruption Unit in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office in a news release.
"Now, the attorney is going to get his own day in court."