Ohio county bans contractors with legal troubles

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Officials in Cleveland's Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County say they'll blacklist contractors that have had run-ins with the law.

The county council voted Tuesday to ban companies that have been convicted of a crime or have been the target a civil judgment within the past five years. The measure bans those companies from receiving public contracts for up to five years.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/VBVXEn ) reports that bans of three years or 18 months could be imposed for a variety of lesser offenses.

The ban comes in response to a years-long corruption investigation that resulted in the convictions of more than 50 people, including former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and ex-County Auditor Frank Russo.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com