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Dimora trial: Read the charges, alleged schemes

9:24 AM, Feb 29, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi began charging the seven-man, five-woman jury in the Cuyahoga County corruption trial of  Jimmy Dimora and co-defendant Michael D. Gabor.

Lioi formally read into the court record that former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, 56, of Independence, was charged with 34 crimes.

They include 4 counts of bribery, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, 9 counts of Hobbs Act extortion, 8 other counts of Hobbs Act extortion, 1 count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 1 count of mail fraud, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, 1 count of falsification of records, 1 count of RICO conspiracy (racketeering), and 4 counts of filing false tax returns.

In a 148-page superseding indictment handed down on Sept. 7, 2011, Dimora was charged with counts 1 through 30 and counts 34 through 37.

In that same indictment, co-defendant Michael D. Gabor, 52, of Parma, was charged with 8 crimes.

Dimora had been charged twice previously, the first being Sept. 14, 2010, but this indictment supersedes, or "takes the place of" the other two indictments. 

They include: 1 count of aiding and abetting bribery, 1 count of conspiracy to commit bribery, 1 count of aiding Hobbs Act extortion, 1 count of conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act conspiracy, 1 count of aiding and abetting mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and 1 count of RICO conspiracy.

Gabor was charged in counts 1, 17, 19, 21, 28, 31, 32 and 33.

Both men have pleaded not guilty. Hobbs Act is a federal law that prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce.

Below is a summarized account of the indictment read Tuesday with links to WKYC articles and videos regarding witnesses and testimony:

Count 1: RICO (racketeering) that Gabor and Dimora ran a criminal enterprise and Dimora accepted bribes for county policy decisions. Gabor is accused of being a go-between, as well as paying $10,000 to try fix his divorce case before Domestic Relations Judge James Celebrezze.

Count 2: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud of both soliciting and accepting bribes, including a Las Vegas gambling trip where he is said to have accepted money for gambling and a prostitute from Ferris Kleem.

Count 3: Hobbs Act conspiracy, where Dimora accepted bribes that included travel, meals and money, from Alternatives Agency.

Count 4: Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, where Dimora accepted other bribes from Kleem for county contracts

Count 5: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, for other bribes by Kleem, like accepting meals, entertainment, a refrigerator and a discount on a Rolex watch, etc.

Count 6: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds -- other bribes from Kleem

Count 7: Hobbs Act -- additional bribes involving Kleem

Count 8: Hobbs Act -- bribes that involved the Cuyahoga County engineer's office

Count 9: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, for Dimora using his position as county commissioner to ask for and accept sexual favors from Gina Meuti-Coppers who was looking for a job.

Count 10: Hobbs Act conspiracy -- Dimora is accused of accepting bribes from Salva Stone in exchange for using his county commissioner's seat to help a friend of John Valentin with an immigration issue

Count 11: Hobbs Act -- additional bribery involving Salva Stone

Count 12: Hobbs Act conspiracy -- relates to bribery in a plan to help a relative of Nicholas Zavarella get a job.

Count 13: Hobbs Act:  -- additional bribery involving Nicholas Zavarella

Count 14: Hobbs Act conspiracy, relating to bribery involving Reliance Mechanical and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center project

Count 15: Hobbs Act -- involves bribery involving William Neiheiser and Reliance Mechanical

Count 16: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for bribery also related to William Neiheiser and Reliance Mechanical

Count 17: Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds for bribery involving Gabor, Steve Pumper and the HUD-financed Parkview Apartments project

Count 18: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds -- for bribery involving former D-A-S President Steve Pumper and court proceedings

Count 19: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, for bribery involving Gabor, Steve Pumper and other county projects

Count 20: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Steve Pumper

Count 21: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Gabor and Steve Pumper

Count 22: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Anthony Melaragno and Vandra Brothers Construction

Count 23: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Melaragno and Vandra Brothers Construction

Count 24: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Robert Rybak and attempts to conceal bribes

Count 25: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Robert Rybak

Count 26: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Charles Randazzo

Count 27: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Charles Randazzo

Count 28 : Conspiracy to obstruct justice for conspiring with Gabor and others to obstruct the FBI's county corruption investigation

Count 29: Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations for obstructing the FBI's county corruption investigation

Count 30 : Mail fraud by defrauding his Dimora Boosters campaign fund out of money by having Executive Caterers' Harlan Diamond  bill the fund for a 50th birthday party for Dimora's wife Lori

Count 31: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for bribery involving Gabor and Joseph Gallucci

Count 32: Mail fraud and honest services mail fraud also for bribery involving Gabor and Joseph Gallucci

Count 33: Conspiracy that also involved Gabor

Count 34False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 35False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 36False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 37False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

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