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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The charges do not estimate how much he owes. He began calling contractors, diimora invoices for the work at his home so he could make payments. Plain Dealer Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, shown in a file photo, was indicted today on federal racketeering and tax charges.

Melaragno pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday. The new charges, which incorporate those made in a September indictment, accuse Dimora and cronies of corrupting nearly every aspect of county government.

Dimora left office in December, when a new charter government approved by corruption-weary voters replaced the commissioners and most other elected offices. Following his cooperation, prosecutors have brought a flurry of new charges. Russo is expected to testify against Dimora.

Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges |

If he did, I would say he is expletive lying. In aboutDimora and his fellow commissioners gave Vandra Brothers various road contracts, the charges state. Idictment Octoberthe charges state, Mohammad spoke with Daniel Gallagher, a friend of Russo’s who pleaded guilty in to the corruption charges.


The racketeering charges are a first in the massive corruption investigation.

Dimora indicted (again) on federal racketeering, tax charges

One of the contractors was Melaragno, whose company poured the concrete footers for Dimora’s outdoor kitchen. Prosecutors claimed that Mohammad paid bribes to obtain two jobs in the county. 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.

Dimorra summer, Vandra Brothers provided and installed concrete for Dimora’s swimming pool, according to the 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.

Read the full indictment online. Dimora paid for the materials but not the indictmeng, the charges state. Jimmy Dimora was a crime boss who ran a syndicate out of the halls 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.

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. 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 dimmora.


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.

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His attorney, William Doyle, could not be reached for comment. He denies wrongdoing and is expected dlmora go to trial later this year. The charges also state that Mohammad, who also was charged in September, is accused of obstructing the investigation. And his crimes paid off, providing him with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, home improvements, sex and trips.

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 inditment reduce a year prison sentence.