The chief executive of a catering service has pleaded guilty in a county government corruption investigation in Cleveland.
Seventy-6-year-old Harlan Diamond of Executive Caterers in suburban Cleveland admitted helping a county commissioner illegally use campaign funds to pay for a 2006 birthday party for his wife.
Diamond pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Akron.
He agreed to cooperate with authorities and will be sentenced after the September bribery trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Dimora has pleaded not guilty in the investigation, which has resulted in the convictions of more than three dozen people.
The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland says Diamond could get six months in prison, or no time if he cooperates.