Just after the former data czar for Columbus schools was found guilty of a felony yesterday and agreed to be a witness in other cases, his attorney said former Superintendent Gene Harris knew of his plan to alter student data. Stephen B. Tankovich’s attorney said Harris was “aware of the issues and the conflicts” behind Tankovich’s plan to alter student data in Columbus City Schools and that he discussed it with her in meetings. READ MORE.
The two Columbus principals who sued the school board, current and former superintendents and many others yesterday seek vindication, their jobs back and at least $400,000 each. The principals, who are being fired for their role in Columbus City Schools’ student-data scandal, say they won’t be made the villains when an entire district full of principals and other administrators also changed data – or trained others to do so – but haven’t been punished. READ MORE.
Most mortgage-fraud schemes stick close to home. But the $15 million scam of three central Ohio men reached all the way to Arizona before ending in the third man’s being sentenced to federal prison yesterday. READ MORE.
AKRON, Ohio — Two of Jimmy Dimora’s friends took paid escorts to Canada for what prosecutors described as their “services” during a 2003 gambling junket with the then-Cuyahoga County commissioner.
Taking women across any state border for sex is forbidden under the Mann Act, a federal law aimed at combating the sex trade. But federal prosecutors did not file charges against Dimora’s friends. A spokesman for prosecutors declined to comment on their decision. READ MORE.
A Near East Side pharmacist charged with illegally dispensing narcotics pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. READ MORE.
Federal prosecutors said that Maria Terechina was a criminal who helped trick hundreds of eastern European women into taking hotel jobs in Ohio that they couldn’t escape because she took their passports and controlled where they lived and how they got around. READ MORE.
The Carbone family construction company is one of the businesses involved in trading cash for lucrative public contracts in the Cuyahoga County government investigation, according to contracts and federal court documents.
Vincent Carbone, the company’s former president, is suspected of paying $15,000 to a consulting company in exchange for getting a $1.8 million contract from Parma schools in 2005, according to prosecutors and public documents. READ MORE.
CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Engineer Robert Klaiber said Monday that his top aides blindsided him in a series of scams that led to federal corruption charges and embarrassed his office.
Klaiber said he was stunned when he read charges unsealed Friday against J. Kevin Kelley, Kevin Payne and Daniel Gallagher involving their work in the engineer’s office. READ MORE.