County corruption trial of former Russo employee postponed

2:27 PM, Nov 16, 2011   |    comments
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AKRON --  The corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County deputy auditor Samir Mohammad has been delayed again.

In a noon pre-trial hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi granted attorney Joe Dubyak's motion to continue the scheduled Nov. 28  trial. Lioi set a new trial date of June 8, 2012.

Mohammad had first been scheduled for trial April 18, 2011, then it was continued until Nov. 28.

Mohammad was first charged on on Sept. 14, 2010, then again on March 30, 2011.

Mohammad is a defendant in the FBI/ATF Cuyahoga County corruption probe that went public on July 28, 2008 and has seen at least 50 defendants plead guilty or been found guilty.

Mohammad is charged with racketeering, alleging that he paid a bribe to then-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora in hopes of securing a job as deputy county administrator in October, 2003.

Mohammad never got the job. The charges also state that from 2000 to 2002, Mohammad helped an unidentified associate bribe then-Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo in return for auditor's office jobs for relatives and friends.

Prosecutors also allege that in 2004, Mohammad paid Russo in return for Russo hiring him as his chief deputy at a salary of $119,900.

Mohammad is also facing other charges of tampering with a witness, lying to the FBI and conspiracy to commit bribery.


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