New charges against attorney in corruption case

6:00 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury has returned a new indictment against Chagrin Falls lawyer Anthony O. Calabrese III.  Calabrese, the son of former Judge Anthony O. Calabrese Jr., is already facing an 18-count indictment on charges that include bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Prosecutors say the new charges involve tampering with a witness  in the Ameritrust deal.  

The indictment charges Calabrese with meeting with J. Kevin Kelley soon following the public raids in July 2008 in the jury deliberation room of former Judge Bridget McCafferty.  Calabrese was unaware at the time that Kelley was already cooperating with the U.S. Attorney's office.

The feds say Calabrese had promised Kelley cash and "things of value" prior to the raids if he lobbied former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora to vote in favor of Ameritrust as the new central county administration building. 

Calabrese represented the real estate company that negotiated the deal with the county.

The county scrapped the project after spending more than $40 million, including $10 million on the removal of asbestos.

Calabrese is charged with taking steps to cover-up his dealings with Kelley.


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