County corruption | Vince Russo asks end of probation

3:45 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Faced with a job opportunity that would require travel outside Northeast Ohio -- according to court records -- convicted Cuyahoga County corruption defendant Vincent Russo has asked that a federal judge end his two-year probation a year early.

Russo, 34, of Willoughby Hills, has asked U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi to grant him a release from the second year of his two-year probation. He says he has a job opportunity that may include travel out of state, something he cannot do until June 2014.

Russo served 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges and was released in June 2012.

He ran VinCore, a consulting firm, and pleaded guilty to bribing Maple Heights school officials. He is required to serve two years of supervised release.

But court records show a letter submitted to Lioi on Tuesday reads, in part, "Since pre-trial probation to today, I have complied with all the requirements of my supervision without incident. In addition, I have secured gainful employment, continued with mental health care and completed 100 hours plus of community service at the Animal Rescue Center in Eastlake."

"Due to my poor and selfish decision, I not only negatively affected myself, but more so my family," he said in the letter. "I left my wife and three children without a husband, father and provider. I regret what I did every day."

Prosecutors have 14 days from Wednesday to respond to Lioi with their position, according to the court docket.

Russo is the son of former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, who is serving 21-plus years in federal prison in Loretto in Pennsylvania for bribery and racketeering.


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