2nd brother pleads guilty in $3M school district theft case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a scheme to defraud a northeast Ohio school district out of more than $3 million.

Dominick Palazzo pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Broadview Heights man was sentenced on Tuesday in Youngstown to serve 2 ½ years in prison and pay back some of the money.

Prosecutors say Palazzo helped his brother Joseph Palazzo charge the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Heights Local School District for technology services that were never provided.

Joseph had been the district’s director of information technology. The U.S. Department of Justice says he wrote bogus invoices for shell companies owned by Dominick and others.

Joseph is serving an 11-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2013.

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