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Calabrese sentenced to nine years

Calabrese sentenced to nine years

(Cleveland) - Attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday and ordered to pay more than $200,000.

It was for his role in a series of bribery schemes involving Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo, J. Kevin Kelley and others uncovered as part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

“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.”

“His criminal conduct spanned his entire legal career,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon said in court.

Calabrese, 40, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, previously pleaded guilty to 18 counts which detail improper payments of nearly $550,000.

The counts include racketeering; conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud; Hobbs Act conspiracy; bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds; conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi sentenced Calabrese to 108 months in prison and ordered him to pay $132,041 in restitution -- $120,970 to Cuyahoga County and $11,071 to Parma schools. Calabrese has already forfeited $74,450

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