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Court rejects accusations against Cicero town pesident made by brother

CICERO – Richard Dominick, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick's brother, testified in U.S. Judge Charles Kocoras' courtroom Nov. 4 that the president wanted a $25,000 kickback to award a contract to Richard for new windows at the municipal complex in 2007, according to media reports.

Richard Dominick also said he was fired from a part-time, $1,000 a month job with benefits on the town's Vacant Building Board after his brother discovered he had sent an incriminating letter to the IRS alleging wrong-doing by Larry Dominick.

On Nov. 6, a federal jury in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse rejected those accusations and charges made against the Cicero president by his brothers, Rick and George Dominick.

Larry Dominick's spokesperson Ray Hanania said in a news release that the president "was saddened that their politically motivated attacks and lies had destroyed a family."

“President Dominick feels that there was no winner here today," Hanania stated. " A family was destroyed by the politically motivated lies and false charges. Most of all, President Dominick said he was concerned first and foremost for his mother who is 90 years old, and what she had to go through.”

Hanania further stated Larry Dominick was grateful to the jury and the judge "who dedicated their valuable time to consider these matters and to conclude that the accusations had no merit whatsoever."

For his part, Hanania said he was glad " the frivolous lawsuit was rejected by the jury."

Richard Dominick, 66, was seeking about $800,000 in damages he said were a result of lost wages and benefits, mental anguish and humiliation.

Larry Dominick testified problems started with his brother after he was refused the windows contract.

Richard Dominick denied he was angry about not getting the windows contract, but defense attorneys produced an eight-page letter Richard Dominick had written to Larry Dominick in 2008 that had an angry tone.

"I needed and wanted that big window job. I would've made $50,000," Richard Dominick said in the letter before accusing his brother of instead "throwing me a peanut board job."

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