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Judgement day for crooks nailed in Cuyahoga County corruption probe

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Three men tied to the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal were sentenced Wednesday.

Dinesh Bafna of Pepper Pike was sentenced to six months in prison. The 46-year old was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $5,839 in restitution.

53-year old Rocky Laurie of Mayfield Heights was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $42,528.50 in restitution.

Shannon Riley, 46, of Sagamore Hills was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $65,502.50.

Bafna pleaded guilty last year to bribery charges. He provided free home improvements to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo in return for reduced property tax valuations, according to his plea.

Laurie, the former business manager of the Maple Heights City Schools, pleaded guilty in July to one count of misprision of a felony and one count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Laurie admitted using school district accounts and credit cards to purchase items for personal use, such as appliances and food, for former MHCS officials including former School Board President Sandy Klimkowski.

Riley, the owner of Riley Industrial Services, previously pleaded guilty to one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. Riley paid kickbacks totaling $30,000 to former MHCS Treasurer Christopher D. Krause in 2008 in return for contracts valued at approximately $306,936, according to Riley's plea.

 

 

 

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