Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vince Russo, Frank Russo's Son, Nabbed in Corruption Probe

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM


So the dominoes begin to fall. This morning the Plain Dealer alerts us to the recent indictment of Vince Russo, the 31-year-old son of Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo. His crime? Trying to grease the wheels with a pair of TVs.

As just about everybody knows by now, the Feds have been gunning hard for the elder Russo and pal Jimmy Dimora as part of an expansive public corruption probe. Neither have been charged yet. In the summer of 2008, Federal officials conducted a massive raid on Russo and Dimmora’s homes and workplaces; as part of that peak under the rug, the cops popped in at Vince Russo’s VinCore, a consulting firm. The current corruption charges stem from Russo the Younger’s alleged shady dealings with the Maple Heights City Schools.

According to PD reporter Peter Krouse:

The indictment charges Russo with delivering two televisions to the home of former Maple Heights school board member Santina "Sandy" Klimkowski in 2007 and telling her to give one of them to Christopher Krause, then-treasurer of Maple Heights schools. The sets were bribes in return for contracts awarded by the school district to one of Russo's clients, according to prosecutors.

Shortly after the July 2008 raids, Vince Russo told Klimkowski to "get rid" of the television he had given her and to tell Krause to do the same, prosecutors said.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.