Cuyahoga County grand jury indicts Cleveland attorney Anthony Calabrese on new charges

CLEVELAND - Cleveland attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III has been indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury after pleading guilty in the corruption investigation.

Calabrese pleaded guilty to 18 counts, including racketeering, bribery and conspiracy, and was sentenced to nine years in prison in June. He's now accused of running a criminal enterprise and theft.

"The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office involvement in this corruption case began when our investigation of serial rapist Thomas Castro revealed that attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III was orchestrating a bribery scheme on his client's behalf – even as he was out on bond on federal corruption charges,'' said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in a news release on Tuesday.

"At that point, this office determined that separate prosecution on state charges was warranted by Calabrese's continued, brazen criminal conduct. Further investigation has revealed new bribery and corruption schemes that involved the Ameritrust deal and Alternatives Agency. This investigation continues."

McGinty has asked that Calabrese be arraigned before reporting to federal prison.

The same indictment accused of Lorain's former community development director Sandford A. Prudoff of money laundering, bribery and payments to fraudulent consultants. According to the indictment, Prudoff helped Calabrese get work with the city of Lorain. The city paid Calabrese and his firm about $1.3 million.

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