Former director of Cleveland VA center revises deal to plead guilty in federal corruption case

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AKRON, Ohio — A revised plea agreement for the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton could result in a shorter sentence in exchange for his cooperation with federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors say William Montague of Brecksville pleaded guilty to 64 counts Friday in Akron under the revised deal. The charges include wire fraud, money laundering and disclosing public contract information.

He's accused of taking bribes in exchange for influencing VA decisions on over $1 billion in contracts. A message was left for his attorney.

Montague could face more than five years in prison, plus $400,000 in restitution and other costs. His sentencing is delayed, pending his required cooperation.

He led the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 to 2010 and the Dayton VA Medical Center for part of 2011.

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