Feds take control of convicted county official's home

April 6, 2015 12:58 PM

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Jimmy Dimora, 59, rose from his first full-time job as an operator at the Bedford Heights, Ohio, waste water treatment plant to Cuyahoga County commissioner and chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party over the course of 30 years. In 2010, FBI agents arrested him and in 2012 he was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison on 30 counts of corruption as part of a probe that resulted in charges against nearly five dozen elected officials, county workers and contractors.

Prosecutors said he built a political machine with former county auditor Frank Russo, and they ran it as their personal fiefdom. At Dimora's trial, his former buddies described his appetite for cash-stuffed envelopes, expensive steaks, Royal Crown whiskey and prostitutes and how he received free and...

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