Northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire reports to federal prison in West Virginia

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CLEVELAND — A northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire has reported to a federal prison to begin serving a 15-month sentence for witness tampering.

Attorneys for 73-year-old Ben Suarez made a last-ditch effort to delay the start of his prison term when they filed a doctor's note on Friday that said the North Canton resident had been suffering from chest pains. A federal judge denied the request, and Suarez reported Friday as scheduled to a minimum-security prison camp in Glenville, West Virginia.

A federal court jury convicted Suarez of witness tampering in June while acquitting him of seven other charges related to campaign contributions made by employees, relatives and others to the 2012 campaigns of two prominent Republicans. His attorneys argued that Suarez didn't know it was illegal to reimburse the contributors.

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