The U. Attorney's Office filed a page indictment today, accusing Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora of 26 counts involving corruption and other crimes. The document also contains five counts not related to Dimora. This is a breakdown of those counts:. Count 4: Bribery related to Kleem and his businesses pertaining to the nature trail. Count 5: Bribery related to Kleem and his businesses pertaining to the Juvenile Justice Center project, Snow Road project, a smoking violation and an airport contract.
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Thomas J. He was found guilty in U. District Court in Akron of 33 counts, including racketeering and bribery, and acquitted of one mail fraud count. The verdict caps an investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who traded bribes for government jobs and contracts. The corruption investigation, led by the FBI, helped fuel a referendum that replaced the three-commissioner county government with a county executive and elected council.
With cameras banned from the courtroom, the trial gained notice when a local television station re-enacted the sometimes-steamy testimony with puppets. In a closing statement to the jury, assistant U. Defense attorneys attacked the credibility of government witnesses, arguing they testified against Dimora because they want reduced prison sentences in exchange for their cooperation. The government witnesses included former county Auditor Frank Russo, a longtime friend and political ally of Dimora, who pleaded guilty to taking bribes.
A second indictment returned in October against Dimora alleged bribes in return for county-backed work at public projects.
He has pleaded not guilty to the second indictment. He was hoping his testimony against Dimora would trim his sentence of nearly 22 years in prison. Site Archive.
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