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Steve Pumper Sentenced to 8 Years Behind Bars

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CLEVELAND– Steve Pumper, former president and CEO of DAS Construction, has been sentenced to eight years and one month in prison for his role in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal.

It was Pumper who first told FBI agents that former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former County Auditor Frank Russo were taking bribes in exchange for steering contracts to his construction company.

Pumper pled guilty to nine charges that included bribery, obstructing justice and mail fraud.

When given the opportunity to address the court Wednesday afternoon, the 49-year-old offered several apologies to those he harmed with his illegal activity, including the FBI.

Pumper attempted to cover up his crimes, one day after he offered his full cooperation to federal authorities.

He told the court he had no one to blame but himself for his legal difficulties. “I wish it had never happened. I wish I could go back in time.”

Pumper has also been ordered to make more than $2,000,000 in restitution.

He will report to the Federal Correction Institution at Morgantown in West Virginia.

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