24 April 2012. A former Cleveland-area county commissioner while awaiting sentencing in a corruption case was denied release by the judge as he is considered a flight risk because he has forfeited most of his assets and is facing a potentially long prison sentence.
Jimmy Dimora was found guilty of 33 counts of crimes in office including theft, racketeering and taking bribes on county contracts for things such as home improvements, Las Vegas junkets and expensive prostitutes.
He had agreed to give up his half of his interest in his home in Independence worth more than $438 thousand, his commissioner’s pension of $123, 283, and sports memorabilia worth about $3 thousand. His wife Lori Dimora will keep her half of the home and Dimora’s $50 thousand a year pension from Bedford Heights where he was a city sanitation worker and a mayor before becoming commissioner.