McCafferty reports to federal prison

5:49 PM, Sep 15, 2011   |    comments
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ALDERSON, West Va. -- Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty reported to prison here just hours after she lost an appeal to stay free.

McCafferty, 45, now known as inmate # 56280-060, is at what is known as Federal Prison Camp Alderson, or FPC Alderson, a minimum security facility housing female offenders.

It's the same place domestic diva Martha Stewart served her five-month sentence starting in October 2004.

Some media have referred to Alderson as "Camp Cupcake," due to its minimum security and spa-like location.

It was exactly one year ago today that McCafferty turned herself in to the FBI early in the morning when she learned of the indictment against her.

It was also the same day that the FBI arrested then-Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry and then-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, as well as Robert Rybak, 53, of Independence; Jerry Skuhrovec, 63, of Independence; Michael Gabor, 51, of Parma; and William Neiheiser, 62, of Gates Mills.

A second indictment the same day charged Frank Russo's former deputy chief auditor Samir Mohammad, 44, of Cleveland.

McCafferty reported to prison soon after the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati denied her request that she delay reporting to prison to be with her sick mother.

McCafferty's mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease and is in hospice care, expected to live only a few months.

The court also ruled that McCafferty cannot remain free while she appeals her March conviction.

McCafferty was sentenced to 14 months in prison, following her March conviction on all 10 counts of lying to the FBI.

She was convicted of lying to the FBI during an interview as part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation. Prosecutors say McCafferty lied to protect her political bosses, Frank Russo and Jimmy Dimora.

Russo testified against her during her trial in March.


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