If you put in Bill Mason’s name in the Google search engine , you will get results that tells of a confessed master jewel thief that operated in the United States in the early part of the 1950’s and 1960’s. His book, “Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief” will intrigue you. But even more intriguing is the denial of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Bill Mason claims that he has no knowledge of the mass amounts corruption that has transpired under his watch.
There have been numerous indictments in Cuyahoga County. The FBI probes have resulted in the indictments of Sherriff McFaul, Frank Russo, Jimmy Dimora, and other officials and business people from Cuyahoga County. Still, in an article published in the Plain Dealer on Friday, Bill Mason, the Cuyahoga Prosecutor claims, he didn’t know anything. Excuse me! But that’s like coming home from work and find that your toddler has a face full of chocolate and the babysitter claims they had no idea what happen to the chocolate candy you left on the table. It seems that Bill Mason has one thing in common with the corrupt people indicted, he thinks the people in Cuyahoga County lack the ability to add things up.
I thought that the nature of a prosecutor is to verify or follow up on rumors of improprieties in various areas, including blue collar and white collar crimes. Those of us that have lived in Cuyahoga County for some time have heard the rumors of Cuyahoga County transactions being less than on the up and up. If you have done any contract business in the county, you will also find that some people receive a little more consideration than others. You will also meet someone who is willing to act as a go between in order to expedite a deal for you. Even if Bill Mason didn’t hear the rumors, isn’t it his job to ensure the residents that he is alert?
Often, during elections, it is common that Judges, and prosecutors running for reelection claims to be the one who is “Rooting Out” crime. Is it possible that the only thing Bill mason was “rooting out” was his share?
In a Plain Dealer article there were accusations of unanswered complaints from Maple Heights officials about questionable transactions, with no actions by Bill mason’s office. I wonder whether he ignored complaints about fellow democrats.
Whatever the case, the probe has proven that there are no boundaries to the individuals that they will investigate and then indict, so stay tuned to the next chapter of this novel by Cuyahoga Prosecutor Bill Mason entitled, “The Unlikely Confession of Bill Mason”.
References used for this story
Mark Puente, “Maple Heights officials say Prosecutor Bill Mason knew about widespread corruption as early as 2001” , Cleveland.Com