Frank Russo's former employee to be sentenced

12:26 PM, Mar 29, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Former part-time Cuyahoga County Auditor's office employee Jerry Skuhrovec faces 24-30 months in prison for his role in county corruption.

On Thursday. U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi posted that his sentencing will be at noon May 4 in the Akron federal courthouse. Skuhrovec has a plea agreement with federal officials.

Skuhrovec, now 65, pleaded guilty Feb. 2, 2011 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and lying to the FBI.

Skuhrovec was a part-time employee of then-Auditor Frank Russo, and got help from Russo and then-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora in getting a second job as an appraiser with the county sheriff's office, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors say that in exchange for help from Dimora and Russo, Skuhrovec paid to entertain them, raised $8,200 for Russo's brother's judicial campaign and scouted possible cheap properties that Russo or his family members might buy.

Skuhrovec's attorney said his client has a health condition which he will detail at sentencing.

Russo's brother is Cuyahoga County Probate Judge Anthony Russo and has not been charged in this probe.

In his plea agreement, Skuhrovec admitted that he lied to investigators when he said he never hosted a fundraiser for Anthony Russo and that he never discussed his real estate appraisals with Dimora, Russo or any other public official.

Skuhrovec was charged on Sept. 15, 2010 in the same indictment that included Dimora and five others.


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