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Sanford Prudoff indictment

Sanford Prudoff indictment

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Published by: Kelly Metz-Morning Journal on Sep 23, 2011
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Sections2,371,666,1001,1341,1349,1512,1951,1962(d)andTitle26,UnitedStatesCode,Section7206(1)ANTHONYO.CALABRESE,IIISANFORDA.PRUDOFFDefendants.TheGrand
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charges:GENERALALLEGATIONSAtalltimesmaterialtothisIndictment:
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1.DefendantANTHONYO.CALABRESE,III,("CALABRESE")wasanattorneylicensedtopracticelawintheStateofOhioandwasanassociateandapartnerinLawFirm1.
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AsanOhio-licensedattorney,CALABRESEwassubjecttotherulesofethicssetforthintheOhioRulesofProfessionalConductandformerOhioCodeofProfessionalResponsibility,whichalongwithotherprovisionsoflaw,(1)imposedonattorneysadutyofloyaltytoclients,(2)
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recognizedthatanattorneyhasafiduciaryrelationship·withclients,(3)forbadeanattorneyfromusingaclient'strusttotheclient'sdisadvantage,and(4)requiredthatanattorneyavoidpersonalconflictsofinterestthathadanadverseeffectonthe.representationofaclient.TheserulesincludedOhioRulesofProfessionalConflict1.7and1.8andformerOhioCodeofProfessionalResponsibilitysectionsDR5-101(A)(i)andDR5-105.
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2.BurlwoodHoldings,LLC("BurlwoodHoldings")wasanLLCformedunderthelawsoftheStateofOhioonoraboutAugust19,2004andcontrolledbyCALABRESE.3.LawFirm1wasanLLPfoundedinoraround1909.LawFirm1maintainedofficesinClevelandandColumbus,OhioandinotherlocationsthroughouttheUnitedStates.LawFirm1receivedfeesfromclientswhosoughtLawFirm1'sservices.LawFirm1usedtheclientfeestopaythefirm'sexpensesandtocompensateitsattorneys,includingitspartners.4.LawFirmIconductedperiodicappraisalsofitsattorneys.Onefactorconsideredduringtheappraisalwastheattorney'sabilitytoobtainandretainclients.5.DefendantSANFORDA.PRUDOFF("PRUDOFF")wasemployedastheCommunityDevelopmentDirectorfortheCityofLorainfrominoraround1973until
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6.CuyahogaCounty,Ohio("County")wasagovernmentbodywhosedepartmentsincludedtheCuyahogaCountyAuditor'sOffice("Auditor'sOffice")andCuyahogaCountyEngineer'sOffice("Engineer'sOffice"),eachofwhichwasheadedbyanelectedpublicofficial.7.TheBoardofCuyahogaCountyCommissioners("CountyCommissioners")wasthecentralgovernmentalbodyoftheCounty,consistingofthreeco-equalmemberswhowere
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electedatlargeforfour-yearterms.TheCountyCommissioners'powersincludedbudgeting,levyingtaxes,issuingbonds,lettingcontractsforpublicworksservices,monitoringexpenditures,administeringpurchases,andmakingpersonneldecisions..8.TheCountySanitaryEngineer'sOfficewasadivisionoftheEngineer'sOfficeandwasundertheauthorityoftheCountyCommissioners.2
 
9.TheCountyCommissionershadauthoritytoappropriatefundsfortheoperationsoftheirownagenciesandotherelectedCountyofficials,includingtheCountyAuditor,CountyEngineer,andtheCuyahogaCountyCommonPleasCourt("CommonPleasCourt").10.TheParmaCitySchoolDistrict("PCSD")wasapublicschooldistrictlocatedwithintheCounty,whichservedthecommunitiesofParma,ParmaHeightsandSevenHills,Ohio.
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Employees11.JamesC."Jimmy"Dimora("Dimora")wasanelectedCountyCommissionerfrominoraround1998untilonoraboutDecember31,2010.Hisresponsibilitiesincluded
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budgeting,levyingtaxes,issuingbonds,lettingcontractsforpublicworksservices,monitoringCountyexpenditures,andadministeringallpurchasesforCountyuse.12.FrankP.Russo("Russo")wastheCountyAuditor,anelectedCountyofficial,frominoraround1998untilonoraboutSeptember9,2010.HewastheCounty'schieffiscalofficer,withoverallresponsibilityforallCountyfunds.AstheAuditor,RussoservedassecretarytotheBoardofRevision,whichhadresponsibilitytoruleonpropertyassessmentsandhearvaluationcomplaints,andassecretarytotheAutomaticDataProcessing("ADP")Board,whichreviewedinformationtechnologyrelatedpurchasesandcontractsfortheCounty.RussohadthepowertoinfluencecontractsandexpenditureswithintheAuditor'sOfficeandhadauthorityoverpersonneldecisionswithintheAuditor'sOffice.13.JohnKevinKelley("Kelley")wasemployedinvariouspositionswithinCountygovernmentfromapproximately1998throughJune2009.In2004,KelleybecametheGeographicInformationSystems("GIS")projectmanager.Hissalarywasfundedinequalparts3

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