Former Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman sentenced

CLEVELAND - Former Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman was sentenced to probation on Tuesday after pleading guilty to 26 counts of ethics violations.

Cimperman, 47, was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service.

The 26 charges were the result of an investigation by the Ohio Auditor of State's Public Integrity Assurance Team. 

According to court documents, Cimperman knowingly had "an interest in the profits or benefits of a public contract entered into by or for the use of the political subdivision or governmental agency or instrumentality with which he was connected."

In Cimperman's case, the connection was LAND Studio, a business that employed his wife.

“The evidence in this case reveals a clear-cut conflict of interest," Auditor Dave Yost previously said in a news release.

Cimperman pleaded guilty to charges last month.

Cimperman resigned from his council seat in 2016. He served as Cleveland's Ward 3 councilman from 1998 until his resignation.

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