Attorney Joseph O'Malley Expected to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charges

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – One of the key players in the two-year-old investigation of Cuyahoga County's government is expected in federal court Tuesday.

Sources tell 19 Action News that Attorney Joseph O'Malley will plead guilty to corruption charges.

Last week, O'Malley was fired as North Royalton's Assistant Prosecutor.

U.S. Prosecutors say he lied to the FBI and failed to report criminal activity in County Auditor Frank Russo's office. Russo has not been charged with any crimes at this point in the investigation.

Monday, 19 Action News caught up with Russo and asked about the rumor that he'll resign in June.  Russo denied the rumor saying only "I don't know where… they must have pulled that out of a hat or something."

O'Malley worked for Russo from 1997 to 2004 and again in 2008 and 2009.

Investigators say O'Malley lied to them about covering up a scheme to fix court cases, and failing to report a bribery conspiracy that involved rigging an election.

O'Malley's attorney says his client will to take the plea deal, and cooperate with prosecutors. He could get a sentence that includes probation  or up to six months in jail.

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