Another contractor snagged in Cleveland corruption scandal

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A neighbor of Jimmy Dimora, the Cuyahoga County Commission at the center of the wide ranging corruption scandal, has been charged with bribing school officials in Maple Heights, a Cleveland suburb.

Steven Tomasone, 53, was charged on Friday in a federal indictment accusing him of conspiracy and honest services fraud.

The indictment named two school officials, Christopher Krause, the former treasurer at Maple Heights schools, and Santina “Sandy”Klimkowski, a former board member, for soliciting bribes and gifts from Tomasone between 2006 and 2008. “Tomasone, Krause and Klimkowski took steps to hide, conceal and cover up their bribery and kickback activity and the nature and scope of Tomasone’s dealings with Krause and Klimkowski,” the indictment said.

Tomasone was the owner and president of local contractor, Southwest Companies, Inc. In exchange for the bribes, Krause and Klimkowski used their influence with the school system to steer about $250,000 worth of work to Tomasone’s company. Krause and Klimowski have already pleaded guilty to corruption charges and are  awaiting sentencing.

Tomasone turned himself in to authorities on Friday morning. He lives on Forestwood Drive in Independence, just down the street from Dimora, the kingpin in the Cuyohoga County corruption scandal.

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  1. James D. says:

    Just when you thought there was no one left to arrest in this thing, they find another guy on the take. If it keeps heading in this direction, Cleveland might even be bigger than Detroit in the scabdal department.

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