Wednesday, July 8, 2009

More corruption charges implicate Dimora

More bad news for Jimmy Dimora: Steve Pumper, former official for the companies D-A-S Construction and Green-Source, is charged with bribing him today.

As with last month's charges against Kevin Kelley and others, the charging document does not name Dimora, but it describes a "Public Official #1" whose description matches him. In this case, for instance, the feds charge that Pumper built PO1 a roof over a patio at PO1's house in 2004 or 2005. That matches the time when Dimora and his wife took out a permit with the Independence building department declaring that they, as the homeowner, were building a patio roof.

The charges claim that Pumper gave Dimora about $33,000 in cash between early 2007 and May 2008, and paid "on numerous occasions" for "entertainment, dinners and drinks for PO1 and his friends and family," including Cavaliers and Indians tickets. The feds also say Pumper did about $61,000 of work on Dimora's home without billing Dimora or getting paid from 2001 to 2007.

"From time to time, PO1 asked for invoices; however, PUMPER did not expect PO1 would pay full value for the work," the charges say. "On or about May 23, 2008, after PO1 learned that PUMPER was under investigation for bribing a City of Cleveland building inspector, POI caused to be written a small check on his personal bank account payable to DAS."

In exchange, the charges say, Dimora helped Pumper and DAS in several ways. See my full post on the Cleveland Magazine Politics blog for more.

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