Monday, November 26, 2012
New Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has passed the investigation of paving contracts in Solon and Valley View to the state auditor's office.
An investigation of paving contracts in Solon and Valley View dating back to 2007 will now be handled by the Ohio auditor's office. The Plain Dealer reports that new Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has handed the investigation to the auditor without explanation. A spokesman for the auditor told the newspaper the auditor's office is often used to investigate financial cases. The corruption scandal in Solon involved Dominic Bisesi, a former city employee who between 2004 and 2007 steered paving contracts to certain companies that then overcharged the city. Bisesi pleaded guilty to charges of theft in office and related tax charges and received a short jail sentence and probation. He was also forced to pay the city $84,000 in …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora was found guilty on 33 of 34 counts in an Akron court today. Here is our roundup of the headlines.
Jimmy Dimora is guilty. That's big news in Cuyahoga County, where he was a county commissioner for years. Here's a roundup of stories about today's guilty verdict. See a good story about the Dimora trial or verdict? Tell us in the comments, and leave a link, and we'll add it to the list.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Solon resident Charles Randazzo pleaded guilty to charges related to giving gifts to the former county commissioner and auditor in exchange for business for his Twinsburg-based company
Solon resident Charles Randazzo pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to bribing former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo, according to the Plain Dealer. Randazzo, who was charged late last month with the crimes, could face 8-14 months in prison, but could serve it under house arrest, the newspaper reports. Randazzo admitted to bribing Dimora and Russo in exchange for business for his Twinsburg-based company, Financial Network of America. From the article: [Randazzo] gave both public officials more than $1,000 each in 2004 to buy fake palm trees for their backyards. Dimora chose to use his money to purchase a Tiki hut the following spring, according to Randazzo's plea agreement. Randazzo wanted their …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Treasurer Tim Pickana reports no problems, but says safeguarding taxpayer money should be a priority
Solon City Schools Treasurer Tim Pickana says he has no knowledge of any fraud or theft occurring in his office or anywhere in the school district. But in a county racked with public corruption scandals, it's not always easy to believe the claims of public officials like Pickana. That's why Pickana wants to bring in a certified fraud examiner to conduct occassional surprise inspections of the district's books to make sure no one is stealing or misusing public money. He said almost $200 million goes through the treasurer's office, and that's a responsibility he doesn't take lightly. "This is our taxpayers' money," Pickana told the school board on Monday. "It's not my money. There should be additional scrutiny placed on what I do." Pickana …