Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Michael Gabor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Racketeering, Other Crimes Related to Cuyahoga County Corruption Investigation

Michael Gabor was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for paying bribes to public officials and helping orchestrate a shame election uncovered as part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation, federal law enforcement officials announced today.

Judge Sara Lioi sentenced Gabor to 121 months in prison and ordered him to forfeit the value of his Ohio Public Employee Retirement System account, valued at approximately $22,252. The money will eventually be paid to Cuyahoga County.

Gabor, 53, of Parma, Ohio, was convicted in March of racketeering, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act extortion, obstruction of justice, and other crimes following a trial before U.S. District Judge Sarah Lioi that lasted nearly two months.

Gabor was convicted for his role in orchestrating a sham election against his then-boss, Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, paying a cash bribe to get his job, and paying a bribe to a domestic relations judge as part of Gabor’s divorce case.

“The defendant helped rig an election, bribe a judge, and buy his job,” Assistant United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon said during the sentencing hearing.

Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, said: “This sentence is a demonstration that corruption will not be tolerated at any level. While the defendant may not have been an elected official receiving bribes, his role facilitated bribes allowing these corrupt activities to flourish in Cuyahoga County.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon, Ann C. Rowland and Nancy L. Kelley following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation. The case agents were FBI Special Agents R. Michael Massie and Christine C. Oliver and IRS Special Agent Kelly Fatula.

The Cuyahoga County corruption investigation is ongoing.

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