Cleveland attorney Anthony Calabrese III pleads not guilty to charges in Cuyahoga County court

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland attorney accused of corruption pleaded not guilty to charges in county court Tuesday morning.

Anthony Calabrese III, charged with theft, aggravated theft and two counts of bribery, was given a $100,000 bond, which he posted.

His charges came about after a lengthy investigation of county government corruption.

Prosecutors said Calabrese gave plane tickets to Las Vegas and/or money to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo in exchange for the duo helping restore county funding to the Alternatives Agency, where he worked as a lawyer.

According to prosecutors, Calabrese and two other attorneys attempted to bribe two rape victims in a pending criminal case. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Back in January, Calabrese pleaded guilty to racketeering and bribery in connection with lobbying Parma School Board members for contracts worth $1.8 million and assisting with Dimora's Vegas trip.

Calabrese will be back in court for a pretrial on April 30 at 9 a.m.

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