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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Following his cooperation, prosecutors have brought a flurry of new charges. One of the contractors was Melaragno, whose company poured the concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor kitchen.
And his crimes paid off, providing him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, home improvements, sex and trips. The new charges, which incorporate those made in a September indictment, accuse Dimora and cronies of corrupting nearly every aspect of county government.
The charges do not estimate how much he owes. 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. Plain Dealer Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, shown in a file photo, was indicted today on federal racketeering and tax charges.
Read the full indictment online. He began calling contractors, seeking invoices for the work at his home so he could make payments. Melaragno pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday.
Dimora Superseding Indictment – Original pdf
In Octoberthe charges state, Mohammad spoke with Daniel Gallagher, a friend of Russo’s who pleaded guilty in to the corruption charges. That summer, Vandra Brothers provided and installed concrete for Dimora’s swimming pool, according to dumora charges.
In aboutDimora and his fellow commissioners gave Vandra Brothers various road contracts, the charges state. A federal grand jury charged the former county commissioner with racketeering under the same laws used to dismantle organize crime across the country.
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. He denies wrongdoing and is expected to go to trial later this year. Jimmy Dimora was a crime boss who ran a syndicate out of the halls of county government.
The racketeering charges are a first in the massive corruption investigation. More Plain Dealer coverage Dimora now being prosecuted under a law dimra to dismantle the Mafia Fake tree and tiki hut offered up as bribes to Russo and Dimora Jimmy Dimora at center of indictmeht of biggest local corruption cases in U.
Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges |
If he did, I would say he is expletive lying. Dimora left office in December, when a new charter government approved by corruption-weary voters replaced the commissioners indictmenh most other elected offices. 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.
His attorney, William Doyle, could not be reached for comment. 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. Dimora paid inddictment the materials but not the labor, the charges state. Russo is expected to testify against Dimora.
Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges
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.
The next year,the company poured concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor bathroom. The racketeering charges follow the disclosure in January that Russo is cooperating with prosecutors in an attempt to reduce a year prison sentence.