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Anthony Calabrese III to plead guilty in corruption probe

5:35 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Attorney Anthony Calabrese III charged with racketeering and bribery in a lengthy investigation of Cuyahoga County corruption probe is preparing to plead guilty.

An indictment filed in June against Calabrese III alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners' choice of a new administration building.

The indictment also accused Calabrese of trying to hinder the corruption investigation.

Calabrese, 40, of Bentleyville, had his home on Pine Crest Drive raided by Cleveland police and a special prosecutor from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office at 6 a.m. Dec. 18.

Calabrese previously was accused of paying public officials in exchange for business for his law firm and legal clients and had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

A federal court filing Wednesday says Akron federal judge Sara Lioi has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing where Calabrese plans to plead guilty.

A message was left Wednesday for Calabrese's attorney.

Associated Pres/WKYC-TV

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