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Key player in corruption scandal heading to prison


One of the key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday.

With the sentencing of Steve Pumper in the county corruption investigation only two people remain to be sentenced. Dan Gallagher and J. Kevin Kelley, putting a five and a half year saga to rest.

Did it just become a way of doing business?

Nothing to say for Steve Pumper who had plenty to say almost immediately after being questioned by the FBI. It was his comment to FBI agents naming Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo that put agents on the trail of the dynamic duo. He admitted he bribed Dimora and testified that the money and home improvements got him millions in contracts for DAS, his construction company. 

Pumper, the former CEO of DAS Construction, pleaded guilty to nine counts, including bribery. He was sentenced to eight yeas and one month in prison.

Federal officials say Pumper gave then County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora $33K in bribes to help steer county contracts to Pumper's company.

Dimora and Frank Russo were the key figures in the 2008 raid on county offices by Federal authorities. Dimora is serving 28 years in prison and Russo is serving 22, but is expected to ask the judge to lower his sentence because of his cooperation with investigators.

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