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Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora arrested
FBI agents take Dimora from his Independence home at sunrise
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora held a press conference in 2009 to reiterate that he's innocent of any corruption that is alleged in the federal investigation.
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Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has been taken from his home in handcuffs.

The Plain Dealer reports four FBI agents entered Dimora's Independence home this morning and says Dimora arrived at the FBI building in downtown Cleveland shortly after.

Dimora has been the top target in the ongoing County corruption probe, along with former county auditor Frank Russo, who was criminally charged in a 21-count bill of information last week and resigned from office.

Dimora has maintained his innocence and has refused calls to step down as commissioner.

Arraignment of Jimmy Dimora and the co-defendants on that indictment will be this afternoon in Cleveland.

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Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's 
home in Independence, besieged by federal agents and the media.
Jimmy Dimora at his last commissioner's meeting. He voted yes to Dave Reines (right) and quickly left the building.

In addition to Dimora, the U.S. District Attorneys office released the names of 2 other officals arrested this morning.  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty and Judge Steven Terry were taken to the FBI building. Terry was appointed in 2007 and McCafferty has been a common pleas judge since 1998. 

Prosecutors also filed charges against Samir Mohammad, a top aide to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo. Mohammed quit his job Tuesday after interim Auditor David Reines asked him to step down.  Others charged include union plumber Robert Rybak, Auditor’s office employees Jerry Skuhrovec and Michael Gabor, and Reliance Mechanical President and CEO William Neiheiser.

 


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