CLEVELAND (AP) — A direct-marketing magnate charged for conspiring to skirt campaign finance laws while funneling nearly $200,000 to two congressional campaigns will not stand trial until 2014.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/GKafCS) reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan has scheduled the trial of 72-year-old Benjamin Suarez of Canton for June 2.
Suarez is charged with violating campaign finance laws, obstructing justice, conspiracy counts, making false statements and witness tampering. He denies the charges.
The FBI questioned employees of Suarez Corporation Industries last year about donations to two Republicans, U.S. Rep. James Renacci (reh-NAY'-see) and state treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL'), who was running for the U.S. Senate. Renacci and Mandel each returned at least $100,000 in campaign contributions.
Neither Renacci nor Mandel are mentioned in the indictment charging Suarez and a co-defendant.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com