Key Cuyahoga County corruption figures remain free years after guilty pleas

Sentencing dates never scheduled

CLEVELAND - Key figures in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe remain free years after pleading guilty to federal crimes.

Sandy Klimkowski, a former top aide to disgraced auditor Frank Russo, was finally sentenced Monday -- four years after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Klimkowski is among a half dozen defendants who pleaded guilty in September 2009 and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors:

J. Kevin Kelley

In June 2009, former county employee J. Kevin Kelley pleaded guilty to 11 corruption counts involving a halfway house contract.

A sentencing date for Kelley still has not been set, but he could face up to seven years in prison.

Brian Schuman

In July 2009, Brian Schuman, the halfway house co-director, admitted his role in the bribery scheme. He's scheduled to be sentenced November 15.

Anthony Sinagra

In August 2009, former state senator and Lakewood Mayor Anthony Sinagra pleaded guilty for his role in the same halfway house scheme. He's scheduled to be sentenced November 21.

Daniel Gallagher

Also in 2009, Cuyahoga County employee Daniel Gallagher admitted his role in bribes related to school district contracts in Parma.

A sentencing date  has not been scheduled.

Steve Pumper

Cleveland businessman Steve Pumper, who first told the FBI about the extent of corruption in Cuyahoga County involving former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, also remains free on bond.

Pumper faces up to 6 and a half years in prison.

Kevin Payne

Former county employee Kevin Payne died of cancer in 2010 -- a year and a half after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

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