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Does new deal loom in Frank Russo's future?

10:58 PM, Dec 15, 2010   |    comments
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Former County Auditor Frank Russo is sentenced to prison, but just how much time will he actually serve?

Russo pleaded guilty in September to corruption charges and on Wednesday was sentenced to 22 years in prison, but now he wants another deal.

Russo offered to testify against other defendants in connection with this case, which could include long-time political friend and former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Russo admitted taking more than $1 million in bribes to steer government contracts and hire political cronies.

"I'm apologizing to the taxpayers. I'm apologizing to everyone. And I'm sorry for what I did," Russo said.

If he does testify or give evidence in the other cases, how much time could he get?

"We don't know anything at this point in time, " Russo's lawyer Roger Synenberg said.

Russo already cut a deal to help his son Vince get out of prison in just 18 months. What information does he have left and what could it be worth is still a mystery.

Russo's information won't reduce the court-ordered restitution. The former auditor must pay back nearly $7 million for the bribes and money his back-room deals cost taxpayers.

That's a big number but even the federal prosecutor says the whole tab may never be known.

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