News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Suarez is convicted of witness tampering, acquitted of the rest
Campaign contributor faces 20 years on lone conviction, sentencing is Oct. 3.
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Download (WKSU Only)

The verdict in federal court in Cleveland was mixed today for Ben Suarez.  The North Canton telemarketer had been charged with 10 felonies related to $200,000 in campaign contributions. But, as WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports, he ended up convicted of just one.

LISTEN: Dettlebach defends the prosecution

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:59)


Last week, the federal judge dismissed two of the charges after a nearly month-long trial. And after two days of deliberation, the jury found Suarez not guilty of seven others, but guilty of witness tampering.  Sentencing on the lone conviction is set for October 3rd

Steven Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, talked about the verdict moments after the trial. He had this to say when asked if the acquittals on most of charges suggest that the case wasn’t strong enough to take to trial. “We very firmly believe that evidence supported us bringing the case.  And Mr. Suarez stands guilty as a felon, convicted unanimously today by a federal jury…albeit not of all the charges in the indictment; and I understand that.”

Suarez was accused of telling employees of his North Canton based company to give money to the campaigns of Congressman Jim Renacci and State Treasurer Josh Mandel and of then secretly reimbursing the workers. The funds were sent back by the campaigns after questions arose about how it was donated.  

The jury of six women and six men decided that Suarez was not guilty in the contributions scheme. But he was guilty of tampering with a witness during the investigation of the case; a felony that can carry a sentence of up to 20 years. 

Suarez Corporate Industries, the company Suarez founded and runs, was also charged in the case, but was acquitted on all counts. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

Legal marijuana group offers new details about ballot issue
Americans feel as if they should have the right to decide on their own if and when it is or is not a responsible time to have a drink or smoke a joint. The fac...

The PUCO is assessing what happened in Akron's AT&T outage
not the first time for that steam pipe break... happened in the late 70's when the office was being converted to electronic switch ESS.. was a big mess then but...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University