Ex-Ohio County Commissioner Gets 28 Years For Bribe Scheme

Law360, New York (July 31, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT) -- A Cleveland-area official convicted of steering government contracts to particular construction companies in exchange for bribes was sentenced Tuesday to serve 28 years in prison.

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, 57, was found guilty in March of extortion and fraud. On July 18, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi, who sentenced him Tuesday, denied Dimora's bid to throw out the case, saying evidence clearly tied him to the graft.

The case marks a clear victory for federal officials who over the past two years have clamped...
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