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Guilty Plea: Former Construction Exec Owns Up In Court, Plays Ball With Feds

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New developments in the ongoing probe into Cuyahoga County corruption.

Another key player has owned up to corruption charges and will most likely play ball with feds in the ongoing investigation.

Here's what happened Friday in court:

Former DAS Construction CEO Steven Pumper pled guilty to all nine federal charges filed against him during his arraignment Friday morning. [Read the entire statement from DAS President HERE]

Pumper could have faced as much as 75-years behind bars. He whittled that down significantly in the plea deal [Read the entire plea deal HERE] and if he rolls over on County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and the others fingered in the federal probe, he could walk away with as little as 6 and a half years in jail.

Officials say Pumper gave Jimmy Dimora $33,000 dollars in bribes to help steer county contracts to Pumper's former company, DAS Construction. Dimora has denied any wrongdoing and has yet to face any federal charges in the corruption probe.

Pumper's sentencing was delayed because he has agreed to play nice with federal agents.

There is also significant restitution that Pumper has agreed to pay. The two sides disagree on exactly how much, so a judge will decide. The numbers are about $800,000 on the low end and $2M on the high end. The county, Parma Schools, Maple Heights School and a private business will each be paid.

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