Houston man charged with bribing Ohio union officials

February 7, 2011 4:09:31 PM PST
Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with paying cash bribes to officials with the Cleveland-based Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. The U.S. attorney's office for northern Ohio said Monday that 59-year-old Robert L. McKinney of Houston is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in federally funded programs. The government says McKinney paid large sums of cash to the officials to get on a list of attorneys who represent injured union workers and to have the workers directed to his firm.

The government says McKinney conspired with former union president Edward Rodzwicz and another official identified as "BLET official No. 1" from about June 2006 until October 2009.

McKinney's attorney and the union did not immediately return calls.

Rodzwicz is in prison on an unrelated crime.