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Mark D. Griffin
Mark Griffin serves as Cuyahoga County’s second Inspector General.
Mr. Griffin was appointed as Inspector General by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond
Budish and was unanimously confirmed by Cuyahoga County Council. Mr. Griffin was appointed on April28, 2015,
to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.
In his role as Inspector General, Mr. Griffin is responsible for
investigating waste, fraud and abuse in Cuyahoga County, which has
approximately 5,000 employees and a $1.3 billion annual budget.
Prior to becoming Inspector General, Griffin represented
whistle-blowers in matters before federal court and state court involving the
Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and
Exchange Commission. He practiced law
for more than twenty years with a substantial part of his law practice including
the investigation of dishonest and fraudulent conduct. Mr. Griffin litigated cases under the False
Claims Act involving allegations that certain defendants defrauded the United
States. He has also represented U.S. Treasury agents who investigated
money-laundering and financial fraud allegations; as well as whistleblowers who
revealed fraudulent practices in major hospital chains, assisted living
facilities and pharmacies.
Mr. Griffin’s law practice included several significant cases
which involved complicated financial investigations. The Cellnet
Case involved discriminatory pricing of cellular telecommunications services
and resulted in, among other things, a $22 million settlement for his client –
supposedly the largest single-plaintiff settlement in Cuyahoga County at the
time. Separately, the Penn Central Case lasted over 40 years
and resulted in a $14.8 million settlement for 32 former employees. Both of these cases required investigations
into payment practices of contractors or employees. Mr. Griffin’s cases also include a $1.7
million fraud judgment against an associate of the Scarfo Crime family.
Mr. Griffin earned his Masters’ Degree in Public Policy from
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He graduated at the top of his class from Case Western Reserve Law
School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Griffin’s background includes working as an Intern for a Conservative
member of British Parliament, serving two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in
Cameroon, West Africa building schools, supporting small economic development
projects and promoting community development.