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County corruption defendant sentenced to prison

11:18 AM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- His attorney had hoped for just house arrest and prosecutors wanted one or two years of prison time but U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi "split the difference" Friday morning, sending Vandra Brothers official Anthony Melaragno to prison first.

Lioi sentenced Melaragno, 57, to nine months in a federal prison, followed by nine months on house arrest. He was also fined $25,000 and has to make restitution of $4,848.

Federal officials will turn over the $4,848 to Cuyahoga County, according to the court's sentencing order.

Melaragno was charged March 30, 2011, with bribing then-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora from 2002-2007 with nearly $5,000 worth of services in exchange for $10 million worth of county road contracts.

Melaragno pleaded guilty Aug. 12, 2011 and cooperated with prosecutors.

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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