Former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross was charged today in a bribery indictment that lists two prominent businessmen who helped build the $46 million Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. Ross, who faces other criminal charges for business conducted during his 1997 to 2000 term, is being held at the Lorain County jail on $500,000 bond.
His indictment, unsealed this morning, says that Ross, as commissioner, received money from Randall J. Gordon and Vincent P. Carbone from 1999 to 2002. Gordon was a partner in the architectural firm Collins Gordon Bostwick of Cleveland, which designed the justice center. Carbone is the president of R.P. Carbone Construction of Cleveland, the construction manager on the building.
Gordon's attorney, James Wooley, refused to comment on the case today. Carbone could not be reached for comment. Charges against the men had not been filed this morning. The indictment also names Larry Jones, an Elyria businessman who was Ross' mentor. Jones could not be reached for comment.
Ross faces 10 counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, money laundering, bribery and unlawful interest in a public contract. He also is charged with eight counts for failing to file state income tax returns from 1994 to 2000 and for passing bad checks.