Cuyahoga County: Romanini charged in county corruption probe

2:19 PM, Sep 23, 2010   |    comments
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Romanini has been accused by federal officials of bribing former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.

Read the 4-page bill of information (pdf)

Romanini, founder of Mentor-based Willoughby Supply, is a roofing contractor who is listed in the bill as having installed a $25,000 roof on Russo's previous home for free. Russo now lives in a Bratenahl condominium owned by his housemate Michael Calabrese.

In exchange, according to the bill, Russo gave Romanini's brother-in-law unearned raises in the auditor's office.

Romanini's bill also connects him to Count 12 in Russo's bill of information.

In that count, Romanini is the person who met Russo at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid to discuss how to cover up contributions to his political campaign fund.

According to authorities, Romanini was among those who received a federal subpoena and been interviewed by the IRS.

Allegedly, the favors and improvements to Russo's home go back to at least 2001. The IRS also interviewed Romanini regarding Russo's housemate Calabrese.

Romanini's attornet Niki Schwartz says Romanini will plead guilty. He says the plea deal calls for a sentence between 4 to 14 months and it could be served as house arrest.


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