Ohio contractor gets 3 years in corruption probe

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A contractor has been sentenced to three years in prison for bribing county officials in Cleveland with cash and gifts, including a $1,000 date with a Las Vegas prostitute.

Judge John Adams in Akron federal court sentenced 54-year-old Ferris Kleem of Berea (buh-REE'-uh) on Friday and fined him $250,000.

Kleem admitted bribing officials to influence decisions on items including a county grant and a courthouse construction project.

One of the bribed officials, former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on corruption charges. He's a former county Democratic chairman.

More than 50 public officials and county employees and contractors have been convicted in the federal investigation dating back more than four years in Cleveland.

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