Saturday, July 18, 2009

Not Good News for Jimmy DiMora

Steven Pumper has pled guilty to a number of corruption and bribery charges.

CLEVELAND -- Former D-A-S Construction chief executive Steven Pumper pleaded guilty to nine corruption-related crimes Friday, including bribery, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

Pumper will get a shorter prison sentence in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors, including testifying if necessary against others under investigation for corruption-related activity, according to his plea agreement.

Pumper pleaded guilty to paying bribes to a county officials whose description matches Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Dimora has not been charged with a crime and has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence.”

There’s more at the link.

Short version of the entire Plain Dealer corruption series : Pick a Cuyahoga County official, any official. There’s a good chance he’s on the take.

Read the whole thing, if you can stomach it. And keep in mind that the voters have tolerated these shenanigans for years, and yet wonder why the Cleveland area is declining. Here’s a hint: Putting a bunch of crooks into county government is an anti-stimulus package.