Cuyahoga County grand jury indicts attorney Anthony Calabrese III on corruption charges

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland attorney who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday that Anthony Calabrese III of Bentleyville was indicted on one count of theft by deception and two counts of bribery.

Prosecutors said the charges relate to Calabrese's position as attorney for Alternatives Agency, which is a halfway house in Cleveland.

According to the prosecutor's office, Calabrese allegedly directed the agency to pay consulting fees to Anthony Sinagra and J. Kevin Kelley, and then hid the fact that neither person performed any work.

Also, prosecutors said Calabrese gave plane tickets to Las Vegas and/or money to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo in exchange for the duo helping restore county funding to the agency.

Cleveland police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office raided Calabrese's home in December. They seized several pieces of evidence as a part of a six-month investigation. Prosecutors said Calabrese and two other attorneys attempted to bribe two rape victims in a pending criminal case. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Back in January, Calabrese pleaded guilty to racketeering and bribery in connection with lobbying Parma School Board members for contracts worth $1.8 million and assisting with Dimora's Vegas trip.

Federal prosecutors had dismissed the charges related to Alternatives Agency, which allowed the county to attempt prosecution.

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