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.
The conviction of a speedboat driver whose passenger drowned in Lake Erie in 2002 was reversed yesterday by the Sixth District Court of Appeals because one of the jurors was hearing impaired and could not hear a 911 tape offered as evidence in the case… Speer’s attorney, Bradley Davis Barbin of Columbus, said this case represents the importance of jurors in the criminal process. READ MORE.
PHILADELPHIA – An Ohio man was sentenced in U.S. District Court here Friday to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for conspiring with former Reading City Councilman Frank D. McCracken to evade federal taxes on about $603,000 in phony commissions they were paid at a Reading-based television station from 2000 to 2004.
U.S. District Judge Berle M. Shiller also ordered Thomas L. Root, 54, to serve three years of probation following his prison term. READ MORE.
Medina — In the darkness Thursday night, a gray Ford F-150 eased up in front of the house and the chorus of tears and joy began.
“Hi mom, Hi mom!” was shouted over and over as children ran to greet the truck.
Amid a throng of some 35 people, a pale, slender figure stepped out and was enveloped in hugs and kisses.
It was Cindy George, released from prison after 16 months. She had been sentenced to life. READ MORE.
Jun. 7–As the former chief financial officer at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation heads to court today to plead guilty to state and federal corruption charges, an important question remains: How did Terrence W. Gasper get such a powerful job in the first place? READ MORE.