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Dimora trial: Jury leaves for day with no verdict

4:39 PM, Mar 5, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- The jury in the Jimmy Dimora trial ends its deliberations Monday with no verdict.

They ended their deliberations just after 4:30 p.m. Monday, after deliberating just about seven hours. They delberated seven hours on Friday and four hours on Thursday. The trial began Jan. 4 with jury selection and testimony got underway on Jan. 12.

The jury of seven men and five woman are deliberating over 34 charges for Jimmy Dimora, 56, of Independence and eight charges for Michael Gabor, 52, of Parma.

Dimora was charged with 34 counts, including 4 counts of bribery, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, 9 counts of Hobbs Act extortion, 8 other counts of Hobbs Act extortion, 1 count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 1 count of mail fraud, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, 1 count of falsification of records, 1 count of RICO conspiracy (racketeering), and 4 counts of filing false tax returns.

Gabor is charged with 8 counts, including 1 count of aiding and abetting bribery, 1 count of conspiracy to commit bribery, 1 count of aiding Hobbs Act extortion, 1 count of conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act conspiracy, 1 count of aiding and abetting mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and 1 count of RICO conspiracy.

Below are the counts in the 148-page superseding indictment from Sept. 7, 2011 Dimora was charged with 34 counts and Gabor with 8.

Count 1: RICO (racketeering) that Gabor and Dimora ran a criminal enterprise and Dimora accepted bribes for county policy decisions. Gabor is accused of being a go-between, as well as paying $10,000 to try fix his divorce case before Domestic Relations Judge James Celebrezze.

Count 2: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud of both soliciting and accepting bribes, including a Las Vegas gambling trip where he is said to have accepted money for gambling and a prostitute from Ferris Kleem.

Count 3: Hobbs Act conspiracy, where Dimora accepted bribes that included travel, meals and money, from Alternatives Agency.

Count 4: Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, where Dimora accepted other bribes from Kleem for county contracts

Count 5: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, for other bribes by Kleem, like accepting meals, entertainment, a refrigerator and a discount on a Rolex watch, etc.

Count 6: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds -- other bribes from Kleem

Count 7: Hobbs Act -- additional bribes involving Kleem

Count 8: Hobbs Act -- bribes that involved the Cuyahoga County engineer's office

Count 9: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, for Dimora using his position as county commissioner to ask for and accept sexual favors from Gina Meuti-Coppers who was looking for a job.

Count 10: Hobbs Act conspiracy -- Dimora is accused of accepting bribes from Salva Stone in exchange for using his county commissioner's seat to help a friend of John Valentin with an immigration issue

Count 11: Hobbs Act -- additional bribery involving Salva Stone

Count 12: Hobbs Act conspiracy -- relates to bribery in a plan to help a relative of Nicholas Zavarella get a job.

Count 13: Hobbs Act:  -- additional bribery involving Nicholas Zavarella

Count 14: Hobbs Act conspiracy, relating to bribery involving Reliance Mechanical and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center project

Count 15: Hobbs Act -- involves bribery involving William Neiheiser and Reliance Mechanical

Count 16: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for bribery also related to William Neiheiser and Reliance Mechanical

Count 17: Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds for bribery involving Gabor, Steve Pumper and the HUD-financed Parkview Apartments project

Count 18: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds -- for bribery involving former D-A-S President Steve Pumper and court proceedings

Count 19: Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, for bribery involving GaborSteve Pumper and other county projects

Count 20: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Steve Pumper

Count 21: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Gabor and Steve Pumper

Count 22: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Anthony Melaragno and Vandra Brothers Construction

Count 23: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Melaragno and Vandra Brothers Construction

Count 24: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Robert Rybak and attempts to conceal bribes

Count 25: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Robert Rybak

Count 26: Hobbs Act conspiracy for bribery involving Charles Randazzo

Count 27: Hobbs Act for bribery involving Charles Randazzo

Count 28 : Conspiracy to obstruct justice for conspiring with Gabor and others to obstruct the FBI's county corruption investigation

Count 29: Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations for obstructing the FBI's county corruption investigation

Count 30 : Mail fraud by defrauding his Dimora Boosters campaign fund out of money by having Executive Caterers' Harlan Diamond  bill the fund for a 50th birthday party for Dimora's wife Lori

Count 31: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for bribery involving Gabor and Joe Gallucci

Count 32: Mail fraud and honest services mail fraud also for bribery involving Gabor and Joe Gallucci

Count 33: Conspiracy that also involved Gabor

Count 34False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 35False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 36False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

Count 37False statements on tax returns for failing to report income on tax returns for 2005-2008

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