Category Archives: Firm Victories

Former Director of Westlake Assisted-Living Center Gets Probation for Stealing Pain Pills (8/3/15)

The former executive director of a Westlake assisted-living facility was sentenced to two years of probation Monday for stealing prescription pain medication from a patient in her care.

Christina Melaragno, 42, is prohibited from work that involves care for the elderly during her probation. She was also fined $5,000 plus court costs and ordered to serve three days in jail, of which she’s already served two days. Read more at

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Former Cleveland Clinic Executive Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling More than $200,000 (12/5/14)

Paul Blakeley, a former director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Nursing Anesthesiology School, has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling $215,760 from the school.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi also ordered Blakeley to pay restitution when he was sentenced Wednesday. Read more at

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Rep. Sandra Williams gets suspended jail time, fine for misusing campaign funds (12/5/14)

State Sen.-elect Sandra Williams on Friday received a six-month suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine for illegally selling Ohio State football season tickets that she bought with campaign funds and then failing to report the sale.

Williams, a Cleveland Democrat who is wrapping up an eight-year term in the Ohio House, was convicted of illegal campaign finance conversion and attempted election falsification, both of which are first-degree misdemeanors.Read more at

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Special Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Will Not Pursue Charges Against Contractor Massimo Leone (2/21/13)

A special prosecutor leading an investigation of paving contracts in Solon and Valley View will not seek an indictment against contractor Massimo Leone, according to a document filed this week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Read more at

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Bill Mason’s Prosecution of Bedford Heights Contractor Accused of Bilking Schools Raises Questions After all Charges Dropped (5/9/10)

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced in 2008 that a Bedford Heights electrical contractor had been charged with the biggest school construction billing scam in Ohio history, one that threatened to put the firm’s president in prison for the rest of his life and cost the company more than a half million dollars in fines.

But 18 months later, all charges have been dismissed. Read more at

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Election Workers to Get New Trial (8/6/07)

Two Cuyahoga County Board of Elections workers shed tears of sorrow in March after Judge Peter Corrigan sentenced them to 18 months each in prison for rigging a recount of the 2004 presidential election.

But their tears Monday were for joy after Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold awarded new trials to Kathleen Dreamer and Jacqueline Maiden. Read more at