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Latest Cuyahoga County corruption trial postponed...again

12:08 PM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has postponed the Cuyahoga County corruption trial of Samir Mohammad and Hamdi "Sam" Qasem after Qasem fired his second lawyer and hired a third.

The trial was scheduled for jury selection June 8 and to start on June 11.

It has been rescheduled to begin now on Oct. 1.

Qasem, 57, a businessman who now lives in Florida, and Mohammad, 45, a former top aide to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, are charged with racketeering and bribery. Russo is expected to testify at the trial.

In their indictment, Mohammad is alleged to have paid a $20,000 bribe to take former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and his friends to a Windsor, Ontario casino.

Qasem and Mohammad are both alleged to have bribed Dimora and Russo for jobs for themselves and their friends.

Mohammad is also charged with tampering with a witness, lying to the FBI and conspiracy to commit bribery. The conspiracy charge stems from a kickback scheme involving Broma Information Technology.

Broma Information Technology's Anthony Ma, 75, of Moreland Hills, had pleaded guilty to bribing county officials in the corruption probe but died in November 2010 before being sentenced.

Mohammad's trial was originally expected to begin on April 18, 201, then was postponed until Oct. 17, 2012, then moved again to Jan. 23, 2012. It was postponed until June 11 because the Jan. 23 start-dtae ended up being iduring Dimora's trial.

Mohammad is represented by Cleveland attorney Joe Dubyak.

Mohammad rejected the federal prosecutors' plea deal in March 2011.

 

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