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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland's former parking manager Ellis K. McCoy will spend 24 months in prison for taking bribes in connection with city parking machine contracts.Former Portland parking manager Ellis K. McCoy was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for taking almost $200,000 in bribes from two city contractors from 2002 to mid-2011.


McCoy pleaded guilty in August 2012 to accepting bribes in connection with his former job with the city’s Transportation Division from a contractor trying to win the city’s parking machines.

McCoy also pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008, three of the years in which he accepted bribes. He admitted falsifying these tax returns to conceal his receipt of bribes by reporting the bribes as legitimate receipts of his consulting company, EKM Consulting, and by reporting fictitious consulting expenses.

During an investigation, prosecutors proved that McCoy created a phony consulting company and submitted invoices for fictitious consulting work so he and the contractors could disguise some of the bribe payments as payments for consulting work. Prosecutors also proved McCoy accepted about $70,000 of the bribe payments in cash and that the contractors paid for some or all of his meals, travel, and entertainment expenses on about 60 trips for business and pleasure.

George Levey, former president of Cale Parking Systems USA Inc. and one of the contractors who bribed McCoy, pleaded guilty on April 29, and will be sentenced on Aug. 11.

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