CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio construction contractor serving four years in prison for bribing a federal government official has lost his bid to have his conviction thrown out or his sentenced reduced.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati turned down 62-year-old Samuel Mays' appeal on Tuesday.
The judges say that the Cincinnati man failed to prove that the criminal indictment against him was deficient or that the district judge gave him an overly harsh sentence.
A jury found Mays guilty of bribery, embezzlement and other charges in September 2012.
Prosecutors say that Mays and another contractor provided substantial home improvements and cash bribes worth more than $175,000 to the operations officer for the Cincinnati offices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in exchange for contracts.