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Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Convicted of Mail Fraud in Cuyahoga County Corruption Investigation

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 13, 2011
  • Northern District of Ohio (216) 622-3600

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry was convicted on three counts of mail fraud as part of the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation, federal law enforcement officials announced today.

Terry, of Cleveland, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 7.

He was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud following a weeklong trial before U.S. District Judge Sarah Lioi. He was acquitted on two counts of honest services mail fraud.

Terry was convicted of soliciting and accepting things of value, including financial support for his political campaign, from former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo in exchange for giving a secret advantage to clients represented by a former Russo employee, according to court documents and trial testimony.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Justin J. Roberts, following investigation by the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.