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County corruption defendants make plea deals with feds

3:07 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- U.S. attorneys have reached guilty plea agreements with Cuyahoga County corruption defendants Samir Mohammad and Sam Quasem right before they were to go to trial Tuesday.

Mohammad's attorney Joseph Dubyak tells WKYC that Mohammad will plead guilty at 8 a.m. Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi.

Dubyak said that Qasem will plead guilty Monday as well.

Dubyak said that the agreement has Mohammad pleading guilty to all counts and he will be sentenced to 46 months in prison. Qasem will likely get probation.

Mohammad is accused of paying a $20,000 bribe in October 2003 to entertain former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and a group of his friends at a casino in Windsor, Ontario.

Mohammad and Qasem, 57, also are charged with bribing Dimora, Russo and other public officials in exchange for jobs and favorable personnel decisions, according to the original indictment.

Qasem and Mohammad worked together in the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, an Arab-American political action group. They also own several gas stations together.

Mohammad, a former deputy auditor, was facing about 65 years in prison if found guilty by a jury on all counts.

WKYC-TV

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