A federal judge ordered former Cuyahoga County Judge Steven Terry to cash out his retirement fund this week and pay $57,000 for fixing cases.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office sought the ruling from U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi with an eye toward public officials snagged in the ongoing government-corruption investigation, including former county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Morford said the order was the first time he was able to get assets from a defendant’s account in the Public Employees Retirement System.
Mr. Dimora denies wrongdoing is scheduled to stand trial on racketeering charges Jan. 4.
Seizing pension money from convicted government officials has been permitted by Ohio law for only the past three years, but has rarely been pursued, according to defense lawyers.