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U.S. Marshals take control of Jimmy Dimora's house

U.S. Marshals take control of Dimora house (Source: WOIO) U.S. Marshals take control of Dimora house (Source: WOIO)
U.S. Marshals enter Dimora's Independence home (Source: WOIO) U.S. Marshals enter Dimora's Independence home (Source: WOIO)
Feds take over Dimora's Independence home (Source: WOIO) Feds take over Dimora's Independence home (Source: WOIO)
Dimora's Independence home could be for sale soon (Source: WOIO) Dimora's Independence home could be for sale soon (Source: WOIO)
INDEPENDENCE, OH (WOIO) - U.S. Marshals arrived at Jimmy Dimora's house in Independence just after 8 a.m. Monday to take control of the property.

The feds will get half of the former Cuyahoga County Commissioner's most valuable asset, which is his nearly half-million dollar home. 

"Basically, the U.S. Marshals Service has come in, seized and taken custody of the property. It's our last asset in this case" said Denise Bortnick with the U.S. Marshal's Office. "We have to basically, inspect, protect, getting ready to manage the property and dispose of it on behalf of the government."

The house is a mini mansion, sitting on prime real estate. It comes with an underground pool and an outdoor stone pizza oven that was funded with taxpayer dollars. While Cuyahoga County taxpayers thought they were paying for a new county administration headquarters, they were actually paying for part of DiMora's house, which is why it will be put on the market. The house could be listed for sale within two weeks.

Once it is sold, Dimora's wife will get her share, then taxpayers and the government will be paid back.  

"I think if the money for the sale goes where it's supposed to go, then that's a good thing, but you never know" said neighbor Alvera Thomas.

"I think that's the right thing to do whether that happens or not, maybe they could make it for the homeless to live, that would be good for the people," said neighbor Nick Lombardi.

Dimora is serving a 28-year federal sentence for corruption convictions.

His last appeal to reduce his sentence was struck down by a federal appeals court. 

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