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Former Cuyahoga Auditor Russo has just a few more weeks of freedom
Judge tells him to get ready for prison; he apologizes for massive corruption
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
Frank Russo, right, with his attorney Roger Synenberg apologizes to Cuyahoga County and says he wants to do good.
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Former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo will be celebrating Christmas in federal prison, and maybe Thanksgiving, too.

Federal Judge Sara Lioi denied a continuance of his bond this morning and ordered him to report for transfer to prison. Russo has remained free for more than two years after pleading guilty to 21 corruption-related charges and agreeing to testify against others.

Outside court in Akron, Russo apologized to his family and “each and every resident of Cuyahoga County.”

RUSSO'S apology

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“I regret what I’ve done. I’m very truly sorry for what I’ve done with my heart. But if you look back, there’s nothing I can do about it. What I can do is make a difference in the future. I’m going to take positive steps forward to try to touch people’s lives to make life better.”

It may take two-to-six weeks before officials are ready to transfer Russo to the federal prison in Loretto, Pa. Russo has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison, but has asked for a reduction because he testified against others. Judge Lioi will wait until after Russo testifies in the corruption trial of Anthony alabrese III in February before she hands down a final sentence. 


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