Ex-official in Ohio corruption case gets 28 years
AKRON, Ohio — A former Ohio county commissioner was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison for his conviction in a wide-ranging federal public corruption case.
Ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora denied any wrongdoing in a statement before he was sentenced. A tearful Dimora said everything he did was for the good of the county's taxpayers. The 57-year-old Dimora, also a former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland, was convicted of racketeering, bribery and other counts. His trial capped an investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who traded bribes for government jobs and contracts.
The government said Dimora took bribes for nearly a decade, including a Las Vegas trip that involved a woman who was paid $1,000 to give him a massage in his hotel room.
Other bribes included home renovations, an Ohio State football jersey worth $3,600, high-end restaurant meals, limousine service, use of a condominium and up to $2,000 toward the cost of a Rolex watch, the indictment said.
Comment...This should be on the front page of the Washington Post with the head line, We are coming after you next!