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The Names: Court Documents Finger Russo, Dimora During Separate Corruption Case

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NEW DETAILS: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New developments in the sweeping probe into corruption in Cuyahoga County.

For the first time, the names of the two major players in the corruption investigation are revealed in court documents.

It came in a separate corruption case, but Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo's names are out. So is the fact that they are the targets of federal investigators are confirmed.

The revelation came in addition to the juror questionnaires filed by Thomas Greco's attorneys.[Read the addition HERE]

Greco is a former MetroHealth executive who, with his boss, is charged with accepting bribes of $628,000 from a construction company and then paying it back by padding the contractors bills to Metro.

Greco was indicted last year and did not plead guilty like most of the others charged have. Jury selection began Monday morning for his trial.

The questionnaires that jurors will fill out asks this question:

'Are you aware of the ongoing investigation of Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo?'

Secondly, that this case is entirely separate from that investigations.

Greco is the only person in the entire FBI investigation that was arrested and rousted from bed. A fact his attorney has objected to from the beginning.

"In my opinion the arrest was showboating and totally uncalled for," said Attorney Jeffrey Kelleher.

The bottom line is that, by not agreeing to sign the information, which is basically an admission if guilt, the feds are throwing the book at Greco. The arrest, new charges added later, and, of course, the cost of a trial.

There is a huge pool of potential jurors, there has been much pre-trial publicity and they want to make sure no one has made up their mind before hearing the evidence.

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