Convicted Ohio telemarketer released to home confinement

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio telemarketing millionaire who was convicted of witness tampering has been released from federal prison to finish the last bit of his 15-month sentence on home confinement.

Ben Suarez, of North Canton, was released from a prison camp in Gilmer, West Virginia, on Monday. He will remain on home confinement under electronic monitoring through Feb. 23.

Suarez's attorney says he was originally sentenced to 15 months, but will serve about 13 months because of good behavior.

A federal court jury convicted Suarez of witness tampering in June 2014 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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