AKRON -- Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora pleaded not guilty to new federal charges brought by prosecutors last month.
He declined to comment on the case before entering U.S. District Court in Akron, but did say that he had lost some weight.
Dimora was initially indicted last year for a slew of corruption-related charges. A grand jury indicted him again late last month on racketeering, which is a charge often used by federal prosecutors to convict members of organized crime.
The former commissioner is accused of a variety of crimes which provided him with kickbacks, sex, and free home improvements and trips.
The racketeering charge allows prosecutors to seek even tougher penalties if Dimora is convicted, including a stiffer prison sentence and the seizure of his home and other assets.