Attorney Calabrese pleads not guilty to corruption-related charges

1:56 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has brought state bribery and theft charges against Attorney Anthony Calabrese III who's already pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Calabrese pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to charges of theft by deception and two counts of bribery.

McGinty said the three-count indictment accuses Calabrese, 40, of Bentleyville, the son of former Judge Anthony O. Calabrese Jr. of using his position as attorney for Alternatives Agency, a halfway house located in Cleveland.

The first count accuses Calabrese of directing the agency to pay consulting fees to Anthony Sinagra and J. Kevin Kelley, and concealing the fact that neither individual produced any work product.

The second and third counts accuse Calabrese of bribing former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.

The indictment alleges that Calabrese directed J. Kevin Kelley to give plane tickets to Las Vegas and/or money to Dimora and Russo in exchange for Dimora and Russo helping to restore county funding to the agency.

Calabrese was the first to be charged by McGinty as a follow to the Cuyahoga County corruption probe. McGinty expects other charges to follow on more defendants

Calabrese has yet to be sentenced on the federal charges and is also the defendant with two other attorneys in an unrelated case who are accused of trying to bribe two rape victims to alter their testimony against the man accused of raping them.

In that case, Calabrese also pleaded not guilty.


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