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Fixing an election for Frank Russo was the hot topic at the Jimmy Dimora corruption trial on Thursday.
Joseph Gallucci, a man who prosecutors say conspired with Frank Russo to fix a Russo election. took the stand Thursday morning. Gallucci entered the race for County Auditor against Russo and then ran a sham campaign, eventually dropping out of the race when it was too late for another candidate to run against Russo. Gallucci later got a job with the county.
Gallucci testified about how he wanted a job with the county so met with J Kevin Kelley to discuss it. He said he would raise money for Russo in exchange for a job. It was suggested he raise $15,000, but later they said he should run against Russo in exchange for the job. He says he though it was "crazy" and initially declined but then changed his mind. He and the others then agreed that he would run and then drop out after the primary. That is what happened and he was hired.
Gallucci says before the election he met with his supposed opponent Frank Russo and Michael Gabor, to discuss his candidacy. He calls Gabor a long time family friend who was comfortable making the introduction. He testified that Russo told him "I'll take care of you." After the meeting, his contact with Russo was through Gabor. He wanted to withdraw from the race immediately after the primary, but Kelley and Frank Russo told him to stay in until after an August date when it would be impossible for the Republicans to put anyone in the race to oppose Russo. Gallucci said he needed a job now, so Russo and Kelley each kicked in "supplemental" income to him totaling $4,000. Gabor delivered Russo's $2,000 and he got a check for $2,000 from Kelley. The checks were drawn on the account of 1-800-COMPOHIO owned by Sam Lucarelli.
Gallucci says he was introduced to Sam Lucarelli just before the checks began arriving. He was told he would get checks from Lucarelli's company for "consulting." The arrangement went on for five months until he was hired at the county. He never did any work for 1-800-COMPOHIO.
There was no mention at the start of court about sidebar discussions Judge Sarah Lioi had with jurors at the end of testimony on Wednesday. The discussion centered on several jurors saying they had heard about news coverage of the case.
The Plain Dealer reports that the judge was overheard using the word "puppet" in the discussion. This is a reference to a 19 Action News feature "The Puppets Court" a nightly feature that lampoons some of the more outrageous testimony in the case. No jurors were dismissed, they were warned not to have any conversation about any element of the case.
Dimora's trial shifted Thursday afternoon to his relationship with Robert Rybak, the former business manager for the Local 55 Plumbers Union. Jurors listened to wiretapped conversations between Dimora and Rybak and other public officials discussing ways to get better pay for Rybak's wife, Linda.
Robert Rybak was charged with bribery of a public official, embezzlement and tampering with a witness. He pleaded guilty to his crimes back in 2010 and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Rybak admitted to doing favors for Dimora in exchange for obtaining a raise for his county-employed wife, Linda Rybak, and helping plumbers union workers obtain county jobs.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:15 PM EST2013-12-05 01:15:23 GMT
One of the key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday. Full Story >
One of the key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday. Steven Pumper, the former CEO of DAS Construction, pleaded guilty to nine counts, including bribery. He was sentenced to eight yeas and one month in prison.
Tuesday, December 3 2013 10:25 AM EST2013-12-03 15:25:51 GMT
Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo are back in Federal prison after weeks of interrogation by County Prosecutor's. Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways. CopyrightFull Story >
Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo are back in Federal prison after weeks of interrogation by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors.Full Story >
Thursday, November 7 2013 10:44 PM EST2013-11-08 03:44:10 GMT
19 Action News found just how much it's costing Cuyahoga County taxpayers to hold convicted County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo. The cost has now topped $10,000. Dimora and Russo bothFull Story >
19 Action News found just how much it's costing Cuyahoga County taxpayers to hold convicted County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo.Full Story >
Monday, October 28 2013 5:18 PM EDT2013-10-28 21:18:30 GMT
A key player in the county corruption scandal faces between four and five years in prison at her sentencing on Monday afternoon. Sandy Klimkowski, the former president of the Maple Heights School Board,Full Story >
A key player in the county corruption scandal faces between four and five years in prison at her sentencing on Monday afternoon. Sandy Klimkowski is the former president of the Maple Heights School Board.Full Story >
Thursday, October 10 2013 4:43 PM EDT2013-10-10 20:43:51 GMT
Dozen of charges have been filed against a woman who worked for the Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures Division. Investigators say Lisa Rogers repeatedly lied on time sheets. Lisa Rogers has been indictedFull Story >
A former Cuyahoga County weights-and-measures inspector has been indicted by a Grand Jury for filing false reports and bogus time cards, County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced on Thursday.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >
Saturday, December 7 2013 6:07 PM EST2013-12-07 23:07:22 GMT
After Genevieve Smith had been missing since December 5, the 42-year-old's body was found in a car near Ripley, Ohio. The body of Andrew Smith, 55, her estranged husband, was found as well. Full Story >
After Genevieve Smith had been missing since December 5, the 42-year-old's body was found in a car near Ripley, Ohio. The body of Andrew Smith, 55, who the sheriff says is Smith's estranged husband, was also found in the car. Full Story >
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersFull Story >
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.Full Story >
Saturday, December 7 2013 12:31 PM EST2013-12-07 17:31:11 GMT
Police say impairment appears to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash that sent four people to the hospital Officers say that the accident happened around 2:05 p.m. on Friday afternoon near mile markerFull Story >
Police say impairment appears to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash that sent four people to the hospitalFull Story >
Images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle have been removed from an official state TV documentary, a disappearing act that appears to lend credence to Seoul's claim that Pyongyang's second most...Full Story >
North Korea announced Monday that it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a...Full Story >
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it's easy to see why the...Full Story >
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it's easy to see why the coming...Full Story >