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Former Port Authority board member heads to prison
Dimora/Forlani crony is sentenced to 57 monhts
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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A former labor leader and Port Authority board member -- accused of shaking down contractors and investment bankers -- has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports today’s sentencing ties up one of the last threads in the massive Cuyahoga County corruption probe.

SCHULTZE: Pete is one of the last pieces

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Robert Peto faced as much as six years in prison. U.S. District Judge Sara Lioisentenced him to a little less than five.

He’d pleaded guilty last year to accepting bribes from a corrupt contractor, and has been ordered to pay $39,000 in restitution and to give up his public pension, which is worth about $8,000.

The now 58-year-old must also perform 500 hours of community service after he gets out of prison.

Peto was the treasurer for the regional carpenters union and on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board from 2004 to last August. Prosecutors say the appointment was engineered by contractor Michael Forlani and former Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Forlani gave Peto entertainment, home improvements and discounted cars in return for favors.

Peto pleaded the 5th Amendment last week, when he was called by Forlani’s defense attorney to testify in the contractor’s sentencing hearing.

 

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