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Former Russo aide expected to change plea today
Cuyahoga corruptions cases are wrapping up
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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A top aide to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo is expected to change his plea in federal court this morning on racketeering charges. WKSU’S M.L. Schultze has more on developments in one of the last of the big names caught up in the Cuyahoga County corruption case.

Mohammad pleachange expected

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 Samir Mohammad is accused, along with businessman Sam Qasem, of bribing Frank Russo, former county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and other public officials. That includes some $20,000 Mohammad is accused of passing on to Dimora while he and a group of friends were gambling in Windsor, Ontario.

In exchange, federal indictments says the pair got jobs and personnel decisions that helped them out.

Mohammad and Qasem were part of an Arab-American political action group and business partners in gas stations.

 

Mohammad was offered a plea deal some 18 months ago, but said no.

The pair’s trial had been scheduled to start this summer, but was delayed until Oct. 1, then delayed again.

 

Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office said a change of plea is in the works, and both men are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi’s court in Cleveland early this morning.

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