Dimora arrives in orange jumpsuit, handcuffs, chains

12:04 PM, Mar 12, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Jimmy Dimora arrived in an orange prison jumpsuit for Monday's discussion in court regarding upcoming jury instructions.

He was allowed to change into street clothes before entering U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi's fifth floor courtroom.

The jury, which was not present for Monday's hearing, will be back at 9 a.m. Tuesday to decide whether or not Dimora must forfeit his Forestwood Drive home in Independence to pay, among other things, the taxes and fines for his undeclared income on his 2004-2007 tax returns.

In a filing Friday with the court, Assistant U. S. Attorney James Morford and AUSA Antoinette Bacon said the government will seek to take his house to help pay for his illicit gains and other monies he owes the government.

Prosecutors allege Jimmy Dimora didn't pay taxes on more than $160,000 in gifts and bribes, including home improvements, sex with prositutes, and the now-infamous April 2008 gambling trip to Las Vegas.

Prosecutors may also go after Jimmy Dimora's pension earned while Cuyahoga County commissioner from 1998 to 2010 but documents filed so far do not mention the pension.

But that would not be unexpected, as the government did so with an Ohio Public Employees Retirement System pension after former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry was convicted last year of corruption-related charges.

Under the law, there are specific provisions for a judge to order a pension to be taken for forfeiture or restitution if a public official is convicted of bribery or racketeering.

Dimora, 56, was convicted Friday on 33 of 34 federal counts, including bribery and racketeering, and faces at least 20 years in prison. After the verdicts were read, Dimora was immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals and spent the weekend in prison.

Dimora's co-defendant, Michael Gabor, 52, of Parma, was convicted Friday on 7 of 8 federal counts and was also immediately taken into custody and is now in federal prison.

Gabor is not facing a forfeiture hearing because his only asset is a paid-off GMC truck. He was represented by a court-appointed attorney, Leif Christman, who was paid $125 an hour.

Gabor's sole income is a $500 monthly annuity, he has $20,800 in credit card debt, and he and his wife, Dina, and their son live with Gabor's mother, Agnes, in a home she owns No sentencing date has been set for either man.

No sentencing date has been set for either man.


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