Dimora jury not done; Government could go after his house

8:01 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- The jury in the Dimora trial will reconvene next week for a forfeiture hearing.

This is the additional matter that the judge spoke of at the verdict.

The hearing will determine what the government is going to go after in order to make Dimora pay back everything he got illegally. One of the things he may lose is his house. The half million dollar home in Independence may belong to the U.S. Government before long.

Dimora's prosecution ended with 33 convictions.  The government is not likely to hold back when it goes after everything he acquired illegally either. On top of that, the fines, penalties, back taxes, and restitution, he'll be lucky to have anything left.

But for Dimora himself, that may not matter.  He faces a maximum sentence of nearly 60 years.  Most agree he won't get that much but a sentence of 20 to 30 years seems likely.

Frank Russo the other key figure in the corruption investigation received  22 years by making a deal and pleading guilty.

Dimora was convicted on more counts and did not make a deal.  

Russo still has to testify at three more trials.  So in the end Dimora will likely end up behind bars before Russo will. 

This investigation does not end with this trial. Three more trials are scheduled involving five defendants.

In addition, there are 14 people already convicted waiting to be sentenced. About 20 men and women including a couple of judges are actually in prison and about half a dozen other corruption figures have already done their time and are out.

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