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Old 09-16-2010, 04:51 PM  
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Former Auditor Frank Russo pleads guilty, will spend more than 21 years in prison

SOURCE:Cleveland.com

Peter Krouse, The Plain Dealer

The Plain DealerFormer Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo enters U.S. District Court in Cleveland for his arraignment.


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Frank Russo, pleaded guilty to 21 corruption-related crimes Thursday afternoon, including bribery, obstruction of justice and tax fraud.

The plea agreement, which U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley accepted, calls for the former Cuyahoga County Auditor to spend 21 years and 10 months in prison and pay an undetermined amount of restitution.

It also stipulates that Russo will not have to testify against any other targets in the ongoing county corruption probe, and does the same for his son, Vince, who is expected to plead guilty on Friday to one count of bribery.
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Russo, 60, of Bratenahl, will be sentenced Dec. 10 and begin serving his sentence in May.

Russo admitted to a variety of corrupt schemes, including one that paid him $1.2 million in kickbacks over 10 years after steering contracts to a commercial appraisal company.

He also acknowledged that he tried to cover-up the source of that income by creating a bogus list of people who gave him donations after his son Frank Jr. died 15 years ago.

Russo, one of the most powerful politicians in Cuyahoga County over the past decade, had been auditor from 1997 until he resigned last week amid the government's charges against him. He along with Commissioner Jimmy Dimora were prime targets in the corruption investigation that went public July 28, 2008, with raids of homes and offices across the county.

Dimora was arrested by the FBI Wednesday morning and lead from his home in handcuffs shortly before a 139-page indictment was unsealed. It accuses Dimora of 26 different crimes and includes five co-defendants.

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Old 09-22-2010, 04:50 PM  
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Its great when these people get what they deserve.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:29 PM  
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serves him right.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:15 AM  
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Karma... 10char!
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:06 PM  
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wow.........interesting
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:57 PM  
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I'm glad about this not only because it takes some corruption out of the system but also because it means I'll no longer have to see his face staring at me every time I go to the gas station.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:49 PM  
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he gets 21 years for "lying" but someone that murder some will get out in 15??? whats this world coming too! Bring back the Death Penalty or at least start using it!!!!
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:13 PM  
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It is weird to get 21 years for white collar crime...
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:34 AM  
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wow he doesnt deserve 21 years for that. I think they are only giving him that sentence because he has a more renown name than others and they want to set an example
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:59 PM  
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Its great that he is going to serve some go time and not geetin off easy
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