County Corruption: Anthony Calabrese III already in federal prison
Anthony O. Calabrese III
Attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III was to be arraigned Wednesday for charges related to his role in several bribery schemes, but his attorney says he is already in federal prison.
Instead, a not guilty plea was entered on Calabrese's behalf.
Calabrese has previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to the same conduct in the federal county corruption investigation. He is currently under house arrest for a third case that alleges he tried to bribe a rape victim to change her testimony in a criminal case.
Calabrese is alleged to have paid J. Kevin Kelley to use his influence to get Cuyahoga County to purchase the Ameritrust Tower, a deal that cost the county a total of $45M. He was also paid a large sum by the firm representing the seller in the deal.