Created on Thursday, 27 December 2012 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — A lawyer charged with racketeering and bribery in a lengthy investigation of county government corruption in Cleveland is preparing to plead guilty.
An indictment filed in June against Anthony Calabrese III alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners' choice of a new administration building.
The indictment also accused Calabrese of trying to hinder the corruption investigation.
Calabrese previously was accused of paying public officials in exchange for business for his law firm and legal clients and had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
A federal court filing Wednesday says Akron federal judge Sara Lioi (lee'-OY) has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing where Calabrese plans to plead guilty.
A message was left Wednesday for Calabrese's attorney.