Side Step: Colleagues Call For Dimora To Take Leave As Feds Ready To Drop Hammer

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -  UPDATE:  Jimmy Dimora tells 19 Action News that he has made absolutely NO decision to step down. He also says and before he does, he has to talk to both Commissioners Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson Jones. 

Developing news surrounding the federal probe into Cuyahoga County Corruption.

County Commissioner - and key player in the sweeping FBI probe - Jimmy Dimora skipped out on Thursday morning's regularly scheduled meeting.

In his absence, Commissioners Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson Jones asked Dimora to take a 60-day leave of absence.

Dimora has yet to respond to the call to step aside by his colleagues.

The meeting comes on the heels of yesterday's federal charges filed against former DAS Construction executive Steve Pumper.

Pumper admitted he had his company pay for an irrigation system on Dimora's home. In following years he paid for a roof at Dimora's pool, a grill area, patio floor and roof. A staggering work worth a total of nearly $61,000.

The payback for Pumper's company was county contracts. A $24,842 consulting contract on Courthouse Square renovation. Loans of up to $2M for the Parkview Apartments project. The loan was extended for 3 years, there are other projects as well.

Dimora has not yet been charged with any criminal wrongdoing at this time.

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