The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a page indictment Wednesday, accusing Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora of 26 counts. A federal grand jury today indicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora with racketeering in a second, sweeping indictment. Plain Dealer reporter Mark Puente talks about portions of the indictment that discuss a woman trading sex with Dimora in exchange for a job.
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Jimmy Dimora was a crime boss who ran a syndicate out of the halls of county government.
A federal grand jury charged the former county commissioner with racketeering under the same laws used to dismantle organize crime across the country. The new charges, which incorporate those made in a September indictment, accuse Dimora and cronies of corrupting nearly every aspect of county government.
Read the full indictment online. He steered contracts, fixed court cases, hired pals and the pals of pals, meddled with public loans and manipulated property values, according to the charges.
Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges
And his crimes paid off, providing him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, home improvements, sex and trips. The racketeering charges are a first in the massive corruption investigation. In aboutDimora and his fellow commissioners gave Vandra Brothers various road contracts, the charges state. That summer, Vandra Brothers provided and installed concrete for Dimora’s swimming pool, according to the charges.
Dimora paid for the materials but not the labor, the charges state. In exchange, Melaragno’s company installed an outdoor basketball court and a concrete pad for an outdoor bathroom at Dimora’s home, the charges state. The next year,the indictmeng poured concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor bathroom. Melaragno pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday. His attorney, William Doyle, could not be reached for comment.
He began calling contractors, seeking invoices for the work at his home so he could make payments. One of the contractors was Melaragno, indictnent company poured the concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor kitchen.
The charges do not estimate how much he owes. Prosecutors claimed that Mohammad paid bribes to obtain two jobs in the county. The charges also state that Mohammad, who also was charged in September, is accused of obstructing the investigation.
In Octoberdikora charges state, Mohammad spoke with Daniel Gallagher, a friend of Russo’s who pleaded guilty in to the corruption charges. If he did, I would say he is expletive lying. The racketeering charges follow the disclosure in January that Russo is cooperating with prosecutors in an attempt to reduce a year prison sentence.
Following his cooperation, prosecutors have brought a flurry of new charges. Russo is expected to testify against Dimora. Federal agents went public with their investigation in Julywhen they raided the home and offices of county officials, including Dimora’s, and the headquarters of contractors doing business with the county.
Dimora left office in December, when a new charter government approved by corruption-weary voters replaced the commissioners and most other elected offices. He denies wrongdoing and is expected to go to trial later this year.
Dimora Superseding Indictment – Original pdf
All told, the corruption investigation has resulted dijora guilty pleas by more than 50 contractors and public officials, including Russo, one of Dimora’s closest political allies. Plain Dealer Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, shown in a file photo, was indicted today on federal racketeering and tax charges.
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