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Solon/Valley View: Cement companies, owners, engineer indicted

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Prosecutors also said that Village of Valley View Engineer Paul Dey was indicted on charges of theft-related offenses.

Chaney Cement Contractors, Inc. is a concrete company owned by brothers Massimo and Marco Leone.

The company's president is their father, Mario Leone.

Dominic Bisesi, 46, of Chagrin Falls, Mario Leone, 73, of Parma, and his two sons, Massimo, 39, and Marco Leone, 47, both of Independence, were each indicted on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft, tampering with records, bribery, receiving stolen property, and money laundering.

Bisesi was also indicted on charges of theft in office and filing false tax returns. Paul Dey, 63, of Medina, was indicted on charges of theft and tampering with records.

MGL Enterprises, Inc. is a concrete company owned by Massimo Leone. Both companies operated out of the same Maple Heights address.

According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, these companies defrauded the City of Solon of more than $2,000,000 by overcharging for the type of concrete it used to complete numerous contracts for work on sidewalks and streets.

The companies also misrepresented and/or inflated the quantity of concrete used to complete these projects.

Solon's Construction Supervisor Dominic Bisesi steered contracts to these companies in exchange for approximately $80,000 in cash.

Additionally, Chaney and MGL defrauded the Village of Valley View of $158,278 by overbilling the quantity of concrete used and/or misrepresenting the quality of concrete used in the performance of emergency contracts.

Valley View Engineer Paul Dey was responsible for the inspection work performed by these companies and was responsible for receiving and approving invoices for the Village, prosecutors said.

Dey allegedly misled the Village of Valley View Council by creating false bid documents in August, 2007 to pay Chaney for work that had already been performed.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said, "This case is a strong example of an effective local-state partnership.  My office's Antitrust section investigated this case over a 3-year period, and we're pleased to offer these resources to prosecutors to respond to such allegations of public corruption."

This indictment is a result of a three-year investigation conducted by the Office of Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor, the Antitrust section of the Office of Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, and the Office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason.

The investigation continues.

On July 21, State Auditor Mary Taylor released an audit, detailing how Solon and Valley View were allegedly taken for more than $2.5 million in city projects by three concrete and paving companies.

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