Cuyahoga County corruption figure Steven Pumper was sentenced Wednesday to 8 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution for his role in the corruption scandal.
CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County has passed new, tough legislation banning crooked contractors from gaining taxpayer business following an exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald promised to initiate a new county ordinance last July after a 5 On Your Side investigation revealed how companies associated with criminal activity, such as bribes, continued to do business involving taxpayer funded contracts.
Our report found that Cuyahoga County continued to do business with one company -- even while a former employee was in prison on bribery charges.
Under the new ordinance, contractors convicted of a crime are banned from doing business with the county for five years.
"It's to prevent people that have violated the public trust from doing business with a public entity again," said FitzGerald.
"Unfortunately, folks would get convicted. They would turn right around and within a short period of time would be doing business with the same entities they had defrauded in the first place."
Contractors convicted of fraud, ethics violations, false statements -- even lack of integrity -- can be banned under the new ordinance.
The extensive probe into Cuyahoga County corruption and a federal probe into officials underscored the need for safeguards.
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A former aide to disgraced Cuyahoga County Commissioner Frank Russo is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on corruption charges.
A former Cuyahoga County employee has been indicted by a Grand Jury for falsifying data inspection and forging signatures, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Thursday.
Jimmy Dimora was visited by his wife and daughter Friday at the Cuyahoga County Jail where he is being held while a grand jury investigates his role in another alleged bribery scheme.
The visitation logs for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and County Auditor Frank Russo have just been released.
Two key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal are both back in the Cuyahoga County Jail.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora will remain behind Cuyahoga County Jail bars this weekend.
Sources inside the Cuyahoga County jail confirm that former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has testified before a grand jury.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is back at the Cuyahoga County jail, sources at the jail confirm.