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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Federal agents went public with their undictment in Julywhen they raided the home and offices of county officials, including Dimora’s, and the headquarters of contractors doing business with the county.
Prosecutors claimed that Mohammad paid bribes to obtain two jobs in the county. 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.
Following his cooperation, prosecutors have brought a flurry of new charges. Dimora left office in December, when a new charter government approved by corruption-weary voters replaced the commissioners and most other elected offices. The new charges, which incorporate those made in a September indictment, accuse Dimora and cronies of corrupting nearly every aspect 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 charges do not estimate how much he owes.
The racketeering charges follow the disclosure in January that Russo is cooperating with prosecutors in an attempt to reduce a year prison sentence. The next year,the company poured concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor nidictment. He began calling contractors, seeking invoices for the work at his home so he could make payments.
If he did, I would say he is expletive lying. The racketeering charges are a first in the massive corruption investigation.
Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges
Dimorq is expected to testify against Dimora. Jimmy Dimora was a crime boss who ran a syndicate out of the halls of county government. Dimora paid for the materials but not the labor, the charges state. He denies wrongdoing and is expected to go to trial later this year.
His attorney, William Doyle, could not be reached for comment.
More Plain Dealer coverage Dimora now being prosecuted under a law used to dismantle the Mafia Fake tree and tiki hut offered up as bribes to Russo and Dimora Jimmy Dimora at center of one of biggest local corruption cases in Indiftment. 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 charges also state that Mohammad, who also was charged in September, is accused of obstructing the investigation.
Melaragno pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday. And his crimes paid off, providing him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, home improvements, sex and trips. One of the contractors was Melaragno, whose company poured the indichment footers for Dimora’s outdoor kitchen.
Dimora Superseding Indictment – Original pdf
Read the full indictment online. 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. In Octoberthe charges state, Mohammad spoke with Daniel Gallagher, a friend of Russo’s who pleaded guilty in to the corruption charges.
All told, the corruption investigation has resulted in 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 inditment today on federal racketeering and tax charges.