Jury Selection For Benjamin Suarez Trial Underway

Jury selection is underway in the trial of Benjamin Suarez in Northeast Ohio. Suarez is accused of illegally contributing to the political campaigns of two Republican politicians.(Photo: .)
Jury selection is underway in the trial of Benjamin Suarez in Northeast Ohio. Suarez is accused of illegally contributing to the political campaigns of two Republican politicians.(Photo: .)

Jury selection is underway in the trial of Benjamin Suarez, the northeast Ohio businessman accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to two Republican candidates.

The trial of 72-year-old Suarez began Monday morning in a Cleveland federal court. Opening statements were expected in the afternoon.

The millionaire Stark County businessman is accused of funneling about $100,000 each to the 2012 re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. James Renacci and to the unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Both campaigns returned the contributions after learning of allegations that Suarez and Michael Giorgio conspired to bundle contributions in the names of employees and their spouses.

Giorgio, the chief financial officer for Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton, pleaded guilty to similar charges May 19 and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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