AKRON, Ohio - Former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's top aide was sentenced Friday to 46 months in prison for his role in the corruption scandal.
Samir Mohammad apologized for his involvement and said he regretted bribing Russo in return for jobs for himself and family members.
He could have faced more than six years in prison, but instead, struck a plea deal and cooperated with federal prosecutors who were pursing other bribery figures.
Mohammad was required to forfeit $50,000 in restitution.
He was permitted to self report to a federal prison in Pennsylvania and is awaiting word from the Federal Bureau of Prison on an exact report date.
His former boss, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, reported to the Loretto Federal Correctional Facility in Loretto, Pennyslvania, last November where he could serve 22 years.
A hearing will be held in February to determine if Russo's sentenced will be reduced as a result of his plea deal.
Mohammad will not be housed at the same prison as Russo.
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