Ashwani "Eddie" Adya, a businessman living in Solon, is accused
of bribing Cleveland employees in order to receive a city grant that would
allow him to open a Dunkin Donuts on Lee Road. Now, Attorney Ian Friedman
is striking back against the allegations, even as Adya’s alleged
collaborators begin to cooperate with investigators on their role in the
"I've had a steady stream of calls from people pledging support
for Ashwani and attesting to his character," Attorney Friedman
told Cleveland.com. He also added that cooperation of Adya's suspected cohorts was not
indicative of any wrongdoing by Adya himself, saying that they are simply
"words of two admitted criminals who know the more people they take
down the lighter their sentence is."
LeJon Woods, a former contract compliance officer of Cleveland's Office
of Equal Opportunity and Lawrence Payten, a former official with Harvard
Community Services Center are the city employees also implicated in the
case. Both men have admitted their role in other, unrelated crimes, including
extortion and mail fraud, respectively. According to prosecutors, Adya
paid Woods $3000 on two occasions to secure a $25,000 city grant (procured
by Payten) aimed at hiring local, minority-owned contractors.
Two Sides of the Story
According to the indictment against Adya, the briberies, occurring in 2009
and 2010, were used because Adya knew we would not meet the hiring requirements
necessary to receive the grant legitimately. However, as Attorney Friedman
asserts, there has already been an outpouring of community support for
Adya, who is well-respected in Solon.
Mr. Adya's trial is still pending, but Attorney Friedman is confident
that justice will be served. "We're confident that once a jury
has heard both sides, they will find him not guilty," he told Cleveland.com.
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