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Jimmy Dimora got $14,000 in limo rides

7:10 PM, Jan 24, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- An FBI agent testified Tuesday that Jimmy Dimora was provided more than $14,000 in limousine rides over a five-year period by Kevin Payne.

Payne was chief of staff at the Cuyahoga County Engineer's office.

FBI Special Agent Michael Massie was back on the witness stand Tuesday morning to provide details of yet another scheme which prosecutors are trying to tie to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Dimora, who is charged in a 36-count federal indictment.

He cited more than a dozen of instances between 2002 and 2007 in which Payne, who pleaded guilty in 2009 and died in 2010, provided limousine service to Dimora and members of his family. Payne payed for the limos with his credit card.

Trips included several rides to casinos, and also to Jacobs Field, Marblehead, Akron, and Columbus.  Dimora's wife, Lori, was provided a limo ride downtown, and his daughter and some of her girlfriends to Little Italy. That bill was $800.

In October, 2004, Payne hired a limo for Dimora to take a trip to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where Dimora's son was attending college.

Prosecutors contend that Payne had been trying to gain Dimora's influence in personnel matters at the Sanitary Engineer's office of Cuyahoga County, and in getting the county to lease $4 million worth of space at the Stonebridge development in the Flats for the county engineer.


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