Corruption defendant Melaragno sentencing Friday

2:19 PM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has scheduled the sentencing for Vandra Brothers Construction official Anthony Melaragno for 9 a.m. Friday.

Melaragno, 57, was charged March 30, 2011, with bribing then-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora from 2002-2007 in exchange for $10 million worth of county road contracts.

In filings with the court this week, Melaragno's attorney Bill Doyle suggests that the court give Melaragno "...a non-prison sentence that includes home detention..."

In their filings, federal prosecutors are looking at one to two years of prison time for Melaragno.

Melaragno pleaded guilty Aug. 12, 2011 and cooperated with prosecutors. However, he was not called to testify at Dimora's trial.

"The reasons for that decision will be discussed at the sentencing hearing," federal prosecutors stated in their response filed with the court on Tuesday.

Melaragno admitted that he poured concrete around a pool deck at Dimora's Independence home and Dimora paid for the materials used but not the labor.

Melaragno also did a garage extension.

In 2006, according to the indictment, Vandra Brothers installed an outdoor basketball court

In 2007, according to the indictment, the company poured concrete footers for Dimora's outdoor bathroom.


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