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Employees accused Portland parking manager of accepting bribes

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City parking employees raised concerns parking manager Ellis McCoy was taking bribes years before the FBI raided his apartment and office, according to a tort claim notice filed on McCoy's behalf in 2008 and obtained by Fox 12.

McCoy is now the target of a federal investigation, but details surrounding the allegations haven't been released.

Parking employees started accusing McCoy of taking bribes in 2003, according to the tort claim, which is a notice of intent to sue.  The tort claim calls the allegations "harassment."  McCoy previously denied wrong-doing to Fox 12's news partner, The Portland Tribune.

McCoy was also the focus of a city ethics investigation in 2008, after he was accused of accepting gifts inappropriately from contractors, including gifts from Bruce Feathers of the FeatherLite Corporation.

Feathers said McCoy retaliated against his company when he did not hire McCoy, according to a report published by the Portland Tribune.

All allegations made against McCoy were investigated, said his former supervisor Susan Keil, who retired as the Director Bureau of Transportation this year.

"I take ethics complaints very seriously and investigated them fully," she said.

Keil declined to discuss the specifics or outcome of the investigation, saying that information would have to come from the city.

Fox 12 requested copies of the city's investigations into McCoy. The city attorney is still reviewing the public records request.

Keil said she was aware the FBI was looking into McCoy, but did not know specifics of the allegations.

"I'm quite confident they're not related to our RFP process and the decisions we made," she said. "Because those were based on really sound analysis and financial decision."

"You're never guilty before you go through the whole process," said Keil.  "But I'd also tell you I'm very clear the awarding of this contract was very clean."

McCoy did not move forward with his tort claim and it was closed without payment, according to the city.

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