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Investigator: Capturing Dimora's corruption

6:39 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Prosecutors called Jimmy Dimora the "King of the County" during his corruption trial and today they released a photo of what might be considered his throne.  

Among the 506 pieces of evidence released under orders from U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi was a photo of the toilet that was part of a $13,000 outdoor bathroom that contractors installed for the former Cuyahoga County commissioner.  

In all, half a dozen contractors pitched in to upgrade Dimora's $438,000 home in return for political favors.

Gallery:  Evidence photos from Dimora's house

Much of the home improvements can be found in the evidence that jurors weighed in convicting Dimora of 33 of 34 corruption-related charges last March.  

There are photos of the covered patio and beautiful pizza kitchen that contractor Steve Pumper installed, along with the bathroom and an irrigation system. The total price tag was $69,000.  

You can also see the Tiki bar that Dimora bought with a $1,079 cashier's check from money manager Charles Randazzo.

Randazzo, 63, of Solon, was the head of the Twinsburg-based Financial Network of America.

Randazzo is scheduled to be sentenced at noon Wednesday.

There are also new granite countertops and a refrigerator another guy chipped in.  

The FBI also had a bird's eye view of Dimora and his buddies in Las Vegas. The evidence made public includes two surveillance videos of the guys getting into limos.  

It also contained snapshots of Dimora, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo and former Parma school board member J. Kevin Kelley posing in front of water fountain.

There were even a few blacked out photos of the topless Bare Pool where they spent an afternoon.  

But what's missing in the cache of corrupt evidence are the wiretaps and most of the surveillance videos.

Lioi barred the release because she doesn't want to influence Dimora's second corruption trial that is scheduled to start Oct. 17.

But prosecutors have already said they have asked for approval from the Department of Justice to withdraw the charges so Dimora may not face a second trial.

Dimora, 56, of Independence, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 25.   


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