Testimony Details Limos, Escort and Condo Dimora Allegedly Used for Sex, Poker

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AKRON, Ohio—Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora are hearing testimony Tuesday about thousands of dollars of limousine service, use of an exclusive downtown condominium, poker parties, casinos and personal service from female escorts.

Testifying for a third time in Dimora’s trial FBI Special Agent Mike Massie carefully detailed more than 15 limousine trips in which Dimora was listed as a passenger between 2002 and 2007.

The logs were from a limousine service for whom Kevin Payne, then chief of staff in the county’s engineering office. Payne was also a corporate attorney. Massie testified that, as their attorney, Payne had a barter agreement with the limousine company to use their services.

Massie showed casino and limousine service records that he says show Payne, who died in November 2010, used limousines to take Dimora, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, J. Kevin Kelley, and others to casinos in Windsor Ontario Canada in February of 2003, and again in March 2003, as well as to Niagra Falls in September 2004.

Massie also showed detailed records of multiple limousine trips taken by Dimora or family members to places that included Blossom Music Center, the Avalon Party Center, Gund Arena, ‘The Q’, Kelly’s Island Ferry, The Hard Rock Cafe, Ohio University in Athens, Little Italy, a prom in Aurora and to and from Columbus, Ohio between May 2002 and June 2007.

Records shown to the jury indicate that many of the limousine trips, totaling thousands of dollars, were billed to Payne.

Testimony on Tuesday also showed records that the same limousine service picked up a woman in Toledo named Latonya Calhoun, who used the nickname ”Egypt” as a female escort, who offered her services online.

The records show that limousine trip was scheduled at the same time as the Windsor Ontario casino trip.

In testimony on Monday, Daniel Gallagher, a former chief of staff at the county’s engineering office, told the jury the group took a woman nicknamed ”Egypt” on the trip to Windsor with them.

Massie testified that the limousine service records also showed Payne arranged transportation for at least two other ‘escorts’ who advertised their services in ‘Scene’ magazine and online, one of whom lived in Florida.

Both Payne and Gallagher pleaded guilty to related corruption charges.

In earlier testimony on Tuesday Massie also played a series of phone calls recorded in April 2008 during which J. Kevin Kelly first contacts Kevin Payne about the use of a condominium in the Downtown Cleveland Stonebridge Complex.

In early conversations Payne is not certain if a condominium is available in the complex and suggests the use of a presidential suite at the Reserve Square Embassy Suites Hotel.

During one call between Kelley and Dimora the two men are heard discussing their concern for privacy, concerned about who might see Dimora coming and going from the more public Embassy Suites room.

Ultimately, jurors heard Payne tell Kelley he was able to get a key to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at the Stonebridge Complex.

Kelley is heard in a call with Jimmy Dimora talking about the key saying, “We need it for poker tomorrow.”

Dimora and Kelley are also overheard talking about making arrangements to have females there.

In testimony just before a lunch break on Tuesday, federal prosecutors have started trying to show what motives Payne might have had for bribing Dimora, Russo and others.

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