FBI Arrests Ohio County Officials In Corruption Probe After years of a federal investigation, FBI agents today arrested the head of Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners and two judges on multiple corruption charges. This follows last week's indictment of the county's auditor.
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FBI Arrests Ohio County Officials In Corruption Probe

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FBI Arrests Ohio County Officials In Corruption Probe

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From WCPN in Cleveland, Mhari Saito reports.

MHARI SAITO: Since then, the investigation has touched nearly 70 public officials, business people and civil servants, though just over half of those have been formally charged. Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan says he believes today's arrests are the grand finale.

TIM HAGAN: Two County Common Pleas Court judges were also arrested today on charges that they helped Dimora and Russo with favors in their courtrooms. After pleading not guilty, Dimora defended his actions to a crowd of reporters on the courthouse steps.

JIMMY DIMORA: We have to do things sometimes to help people, and that's all we ever do. That's what I do is help people. I've done nothing any different than any other public official.

SAITO: For NPR News, I'm Mhari Saito in Cleveland.

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