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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Plain Dealer Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, shown in a file photo, was indicted today on federal racketeering and tax 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. Dimora paid for the materials but indictmnt the labor, the charges state. 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 U.

He began calling contractors, seeking invoices for the work at his home so he could make payments. Jimmy Dimora was a crime boss who ran a incictment out of the halls of county government. His attorney, William Doyle, could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors claimed that Mohammad paid bribes to obtain two jobs in the county.


Dimora – Third Superseding Indictment

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 new charges, which incorporate those made in a September indictment, accuse Dimora and cronies of corrupting nearly every aspect of county government. The racketeering charges follow the disclosure in January that Russo is cooperating with prosecutors in an attempt to reduce a year prison sentence.

And his crimes paid off, providing him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, home improvements, sex and trips. Following his cooperation, prosecutors have brought a flurry of new charges. The charges also state that Mohammad, who also was charged in September, is accused of obstructing the investigation.

Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges

Dimora left office in December, when a new charter government approved by corruption-weary voters replaced the commissioners and most other elected offices. In Octoberthe charges indictmment, Mohammad spoke with Daniel Gallagher, a friend of Russo’s who pleaded guilty in to the corruption charges. That summer, Vandra Eimora provided and installed concrete for Dimora’s swimming pool, according to the charges. 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.


Melaragno pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday.

He denies wrongdoing and is expected to go to trial later this year. If he did, I would say he is expletive lying. He steered contracts, fixed court cases, hired pals and the inictment 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. In aboutDimora and his fellow commissioners gave Vandra Brothers various road contracts, the charges state. Read the full indictment online.

Dimora Superseding Indictment – Original pdf

The racketeering charges are a first in the massive corruption investigation. Russo is expected to testify against Dimora. One of the contractors was Melaragno, whose company poured the concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor kitchen. 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.