Ohio telemarketer faces federal court sentence

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Friday in Cleveland for a northeast Ohio
telemarketing millionaire convicted of witness tampering in a case involving campaign contributions to
two prominent Republicans.

A federal court jury convicted 73-year-old Ben Suarez in June of witness tampering but acquitted him of
illegal campaign contributions and other charges.

The charges concerned Suarez allegedly funneling $100,000 each to the 2012 campaigns of U.S. Rep. Jim
Renacci and the failed U.S. Senate bid of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Neither politician was accused of
wrongdoing. Both campaigns returned the money after learning of an FBI investigation.

Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of as much as eight years. His attorneys say probation is more
appropriate because of Suarez’s age and his role as head of his company.

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