Former executive in Ohio gets more than 2 years in prison for violating campaign laws

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CLEVELAND — The star witness at the trial of a northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire has been sentenced to just over two years in prison.

Michael Giorgio was the former chief financial officer for Suarez Corporation Industries in North Canton. He was accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to two Republican candidates in 2011 and later pleaded guilty to federal campaign charges.

He was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in prison.

Giorgio had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his plea agreement.

He testified this past summer against his former boss, Ben Suarez, the founder of a telemarketing firm and a longtime donor to Republican politicians and conservative causes.

Suarez was sentenced to 15 months in prison earlier this month after being convicted of witness tampering.

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