In Court: O-DOT Manager Pleads Not Guilty, Other Scammer Gets 6-Months In The Pokey!

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Dennis Kratochvil was arraigned Tuesday morning.

Kratochvil pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $100,000. Kratochvil, 64, former District 12 Facilities Manager, and the primary target in the ODOT corruption case, was arrested Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at his home in Chagrin Falls by State Highway Patrol.

Kratochvil was indicted on charges of intimidation. He intimidated a state's witness in the ODOT corruption case.

Jeffrey Bauer was sentenced to 6 months in prison by Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula. Bauer was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to ODOT and was fined $3,000.

Bauer, 42, of Willoughby Hills, is one of nine defendants charged for using a wide-variety of scams to illegally steer ODOT contracts and business to friends and associates from 2000 to 2007.

On August 11, 2009, Bauer pleaded guilty to one count of bribery (F5) and one count of attempted tampering with records (F4).

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