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Contractor Pumper gets 8+ years in prison in Cuyahoga corruption scandal
Pumper pleaded for a shorter sentence because he cooperated and says he takes full responsibilityy
Story by M.L. SCHULTZE AND KEVIN NIEDERMIER


 
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A contractor who was a key player in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal has been sentenced to eight years and a month in prison.

Steven Pumper also was ordered today to pay more than $2 million in restitution to the Maple Heights and Parma Heights school districts and to Philips Healthcare.

The bulk of the restitution is to go to Philips, a medical equipment company, whose executives Pumper bribed in exchange for more than $9 million in contracts.

Pumper’s attorney argued for a shorter prison term in part because he cooperated with the FBI early in its investigation and in testifying against former Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. But federal Judge Sara Lioi noted that, even when he was cooperating, Pumper was initially lying to agents.

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