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Investigator: Frank Russo resignation driven by desire to help son

6:12 PM, Sep 9, 2010   |    comments
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Vince Russo has been charged with corruption for bribing Maple Heights school officials with large screen television sets for awarding one of his clients a contract.

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The Russo aide told The Investigator Tom Meyer that his boss called around 8 a.m. this morning and simply said he can't take it any more and is stepping down.

There was talk inside Russo's office this morning that Russo would serve 14 years behind bars and that his son would serve 14 months.

Russo's lawyer Roger Synenberg said those numbers are wrong but Synenberg did admit that Russo's resignation was driven by his desire to help his family.

The deal with Russo is different than others who have cooperated with federal authorities.

Russo or his son are not required to testify against anyone in the investigation.

The sentence that Russo and authorities agreed to cannot be changed by a judge as it can be with other defendants.

U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley, who has handled most of the federal corruption cases in the Cuyahoga County probe, is out of the country.

It's not clear when Russo will appear in federal court to make the plea agreement public.     

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