Businessman Who Bribed Traficant Won't Go To Jail
November 22, 2002
A Youngstown businessman who admitted bribing former Congressman Jim Traficant won't have to go to prison.
A federal judge Friday sentenced J.J. Cafaro to 15 months probation and ordered him to pay a $150,000 fine.
Cafaro pleaded guilty to paying Traficant cash and doing favors for him in exchange for Traficant's help with government agencies in Washington. He could've faced up to two years in prison but prosecutors asked the judge today to reduce Cafaro's sentence because he cooperated with government investigators.
Cafaro was a top witness for the government in the trial this year that ended in Traficant's conviction on ten corruption charges.
Traficant is serving an eight-year sentence in federal prison. He was kicked out of Congress after his conviction.
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