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Corruption Sentencing: Plea for Mercy

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Mark Lime to go before judge Wednesday for corruption charges Mark Lime to go before judge Wednesday for corruption charges
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A former local government official get sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption, and we're hearing from him in his own words.

Mark Lime will go before Judge Kathleen Sutula. Lime worked as the head of the criminal division for the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, and he plead guilty to pocketing court money little by little.

He kept money paid by bondsman, and he ultimately agreed to pay back well over $8,000.

In a letter to the judge just filed with the court, Lime wrote, "I am writing to explain...and to apologize. I can't explain to you why only that the money I took added up over time. I had no idea how much it actually amounted to."

"When I worked on Saturdays, the bondsman would just leave the fee...I began in small increments to keep the fee. On occasion I kept the bond judgment payment without generating a receipt."

Lime ended by writing, "I broke the law and the trust placed in me by the public. I am very sorry...I...ask for a second chance."

This comes as a new 45 page audit exposes past mismanagement in the clerk's office. The audit covers 2011-2012.

Andrea Rocco took over in January of this year as the new head of the Cuyahoga County Clerk's Office. She has already been making sweeping changes.

We have the full audit posted here.

Stay tuned to 19 Action News for the latest on the sentencing.

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