Cleveland attorney Anthony Calabrese III gets 9 years for racketeering, bribery

CLEVELAND - Cleveland attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal on Thursday.

The 40-year-old Chagrin Falls man pleaded guilty to 18 counts including racketeering, bribery and conspiracy in January.

Calabrese will be on supervised released for three years and was ordered to pay more than $200,000, according to court personnel.

"Anthony Calabrese misused his status as an attorney to facilitate bribes and foster corruption," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland Office.

"Today's sentence reflects the fact that Calabrese was deeply involved in a variety of bribery schemes involving a school district, a halfway house and the infamous trip to Las Vegas, just to name a few."

Prosecutors said Calabrese gave plane tickets and money to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo. In exchange, the two county officials, who are spending time in federal prison, helped with funding for Alternatives Agency, where Calabrese was an attorney.

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