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Contractor sentenced in Cuyahoga corruption investigation

4:04 PM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A contractor indicted with a county commissioner in a public corruption investigation has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office says William Neiheiser was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland on four conspiracy counts.

Neiheiser, of Gates Mills, pleaded guilty last year. Investigators say he plotted to bribe Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora with free or discounted home improvements and a Chris "Beanie" Wells football jersey that drew $3,600 at a charity auction. He's also accused of bribing others to land contracts at Cleveland's public housing agency and public hospital.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports that Neiheiser's attorney had hoped for probation,

Dimora, the former county Democratic chairman, has pleaded not guilty to bribery and other charges and faces a January trial.

The Associated Press

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