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Cuyahoga County corruption: Who's been charged so far?

6:46 PM, Sep 15, 2010   |    comments
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A majority of the court documents filed in federal court named Public Official One and Public Official Two. They were widely acknowledged to be Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, respectively.

Read 139-page Dimora indictment (pdf)

Federal officials decline to say how many more people will be charged. Many more raids occured and subpoenas were served since July 28, 2008, the day the probe went public.

The FBI and the IRS say the probe started three years prior, in 2005.

The first charges came down June 12, 2009, 11 months after the initial raid. Nearly all of the charges came in the form of "informations," meaning the defendants were cooperating with authorities.

(NOTE: Some defendants have been required to make restitution as part of their plea agreement. To date, according to court records, federal judges have ordered more than $10 million in payments to the county, agencies and school districts. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, about $2.3 million has been paid.)

  • J. Kevin Kelley former Geographic Information Systems project manager in the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office; former President, Parma City School District Board of Education, and principal in J. Kevin Kelley Consulting, LLC. Charged: 6/12/09, pleaded guilty 7/1/09 and is awaiting sentencing.

 

  • Kevin F. Payne retired Chief of Staff in the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office. Charged 6/12/09, pleaded guilty 7/1/09, and is awaiting sentencing.

 

  • Daniel P. Gallagher retired Chief of Staff of the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office, principal of The Eagle Group. Charged 6/12/09, pleaded guilty 7/2/09 and is awaiting sentencing.

 

  • Brian Schuman former co-executive director of the Alternatives Agency. Charged 6/12/09, pleaded guilty 7/2/09 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Steven Wayne Pumper Chief Executive Officer of DAS Construction. Charged 7/8/09, pleaded guilty 7/17/09 and is awaiting sentencing: Restitution: $3,664 payment toward restitution 11/9/09, $5,000 payment toward restitution 1/5/2010

 

  • Dennis Dooley the principal Office Assistant at the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office, Charged 7/22/09 pleaded guilty 9/9/09.

 

  • John J. Carroll former Vice President of Facilities and Construction Services, Charged 8/6/09, pleaded guilty 9/9/09 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Nilesh R. Patel former Vice President of East West Construction Company. Charged 8/6/09, pleaded guilty 9/9/09 Sentenced Aug. 4

 

  • Anthony Sinagra former principal of AC Sinagra & Associates, former Mayor of Lakewood for Ohio state Senator. Charged 8/13/09, pleaded guilty 8/31/09 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Santina Klimkowski former elected member of the Maple Heights School Board of Education (1981 to 2005) former Department of Appraisal Specialist in the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office, Charged 9/18/09, pleaded guilty 10/2/2009 and is awaiting sentencing. Restitution: $91,859.48 payment toward restitution 1/25/10 $57,100 Forfeiture Order 3/26/10

 

  • Timothy Armstrong attorney (sole practitioner) Charged 9/18/09 Guilty Plea 9/29/09, Sentenced 2/3/10 to 42 months in prison and restitution. Restitution: $1.2 million payment toward restitution 12/30/09 $373,545 payment toward restitution 1/29/10 All restitution of $1,573,345 has been paid

 

  • Bruce Zaccagnini partner, Belcuy Partners Charged 9/18/09, pleaded guilty 10/2/09. Sentenced 2/2/2010 to 60 months in prison and restitution: $3,215,845, with $500,000 payment toward restitution 11/2/09 $500,000 & $100 payment toward restitution 2/17/10 $89452.79 payment toward restitution 4/14/10 $25 payment toward restitution 7/7/10

 

  • John Valentin principal in Stone Design Charged 11/20/09, pleaded guilty 12/16/09 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Dinesh Bafna president of Mont Granite Charged 11/20/09, pleaded guilty 12/8/09 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Thomas Greco retired former Agent of MetroHealth Systems Charged 11/23/09, pleaded not guilty and went to trial in late May, jury returns a guilty verdict 6/8/10 Sentenced Aug. 12

 

  • $1.95 million in proceeds from the late Louis Damiani's criminal activity via a civil forfeiture Charged 12/11/09 and the forfeiture hearing was 7/22/10

 

  • Joseph Gallucci former employee of Auditor's Office Charged 11/22/09, pleaded guilty 1/8/10 and is awaiting sentencing. Restitution: $15,000 payment toward restitution 12/30/09 $1,055 payment toward restitution 2/3/10 $1,055 payment toward restitution 3/3/10 $1,055 payment toward restitution 4/14/10 $1,055 payment toward restitution 5/5/10 $1,055 payment toward restitution 5/28/10 $1,055 payment toward restitution 7/7/10

 

  • Nicholas A. Zavarella Zavarella Brothers Construction Charged 2/24/10, pleaded guilty 3/10/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Joseph P. O'Malley former employee of the Auditor's Office as an independent contractor; former employee of the Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office Charged 4/19/10, pleaded guilty 4/27/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Ferris Kleem the owner of Blaze Construction Charged 4/22/10, pleaded guilty 5/7/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Anthony Ma owner of Broma Information Technology Charged 5/24/10 and was arraigned Aug. 2

 

  • Christopher Krause former treasurer of the Maple Heights City Schools Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/1/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Giacinto Vaccarella former director of building and grounds for the Maple Heights City Schools Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/1/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Rocky Laurie an employee of Maple Heights City Schools Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/1/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Todd Gemma principal of Gemma Development Group Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/1/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Shannon Riley owner of Riley Industrial Services Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/2/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Kenneth Kushmider owner of Landscape Design Associates Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/2/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Todd Ozanich owner of Imperial Heating and Cooling Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/12/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Ronald Monroe principal of Gemma Development Group Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/2/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Bryan Carlton principal of Gemma Development Group Charged 5/26/10, pleaded guilty 7/2/10 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Joseph Bibbo owner of Midwest Paving Charged 6/8/10 and is awaiting trial

  • Vince Russo owner of Vincore, son of Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, Charged 7/13/10; pleaded not guilty the same day; Pleaded guilty Sept. 17, 2010 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison to begin January 2011. 

  • Dan Weaver Charged July 30 with conspiracy to bribe his former boss Frank Russo. Pleaded guilty Aug. 16, 2010 and is awaiting sentencing

 

  • Steve Canepa Former business manager for Maple Heights City Schools. Charged Aug. 19, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial

 

  • Charles Edwards Owner of C. Edwards Landscaping Inc. Charged Aug. 19, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

 

  • Frank Russo Cuyahoga County Auditor charged Sept. 9, 2010; resigned the same day; was arraigned and pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in a plea agreement that has him serving 21 years and 10 months in prison beginning in May 2011.

 

  • Jimmy Dimora Cuyahoga County Commissioner arrested Sept. 15, 2010; pleaded not guilty the same day and is free on $50,000 bond; no pre-trial date has been set.

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