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Ohio Attorney General To Investigate County Corruption

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:49 AM

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Frank Russo, the county auditor who is at the center of a federal corruption probe, will now also be investigated by Ohio's top law enforcement official.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will
conduct a special investigation of a top political leader in the
state’s most populous county.
The Plain Dealer reported Friday that Cordray’s decision to
investigate Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo’s office came after
pleas from other county officials to get involved. Cordray planned
to hold a news conference to announce the inquiry.
Russo is at the center of a wide-ranging federal corruption
probe that began last year when federal agents raided the homes and
offices of Russo and county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Both men
have not been charged and deny wrongdoing.
A top aide to Russo was arrested and accused last week of
funneling about $1.2 million in cash bribes to her boss.
Prosecutors say Santina Klimkowski also took $154,000 in kickbacks
from a company hired to handle commercial appraisals in the county.

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