Figure in Ohio corruption probe heads to prison

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County auditor Frank Russo is on his way to prison nearly two years after pleading guilty to 21 corruption-related crimes.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/Tyzeb7 ) that Russo was under orders from the U.S. Marshal's office to report by Friday to a low-security prison in Loretto, Pa., about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh.

A check of the Federal Bureau of Prisons web site Saturday found Russo listed as in transit. A message was left with the bureau seeking further information.

Russo was the star witness at a high-profile public corruption trial in northeast Ohio that centered on former political power broker Jimmy Dimora, a former county commissioner. Russo remained free by cooperating with prosecutors in criminal cases against some of his former friends and associates.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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