FBI Raids: Federal Agents Conduct Multiple Cuyahoga County Raids - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

FBI Raids: Federal Agents Conduct Multiple Cuyahoga County Raids

Cuyahoga County, OH - The ongoing federal corruption investigation into Cuyahoga County widened Wednesday.

The FBI conducted multiple search warrants at various locations throughout Cuyahoga County.

Raids began at 9AM and when it's all said and done - a total of 9 warrants will be executed by the FBI, IRS and HUD.

Raids went down at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority on W. 125th, Siemens at Granger & Transportation, Reliance Mechanical on Hamilton Avenue in Cleveland as well as at the home of John Carroll - a fired MetroHealth executive.

Siemens was contracted by CMHA to perform major overhauls to CMHA properties to improve energy efficiency.  The work - which was sometime before October of 2007 - included new boilers and windows.

This included 7,000 units in 764 CMHA buildings encompassing 7.1 million square feet.

The FBI raiding the office of Siemens General Manager Mike McMichaels but refused to comment on what they were looking for.

A Siemens PR Representative told 19 Action News late Wednesday afternoon:

"It's a criminal investigation. At this time we have no comment."

FBI Spokesman Scott Wilson said agents searched the Cleveland home and office of George Phillips, the executive director of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Wednesday's raid is connected to the ongoing corruption probe corruption into Cuyahoga County Government which started on July 28th.

Federal Agents swarmed the Independence home of County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and seized box after box of evidence.

The FBI later said they were investigation corruption, backhanded deals involving construction.

County Auditor Frank Russo's Mayfield Village home was also raided that day and just like at Dimora's, FBI Agents left with several boxes of evidence. 

Russo - like Dimora - denied any involvement in anything illegal.

J. Kevin Kelley also on the FBI radar.

Kelley once worked in the Engineer's Office and has also denied any wrongdoing.

The FBI conducted a second raid in late September at the chambers of Judge Steven Terry and Judge Bridget McCafferty raided.

Both judges have ties to Dimora and Russo.

It's the third time in four months that the FBI and other federal agencies have conducted raids. No charges have been filed and the focus of the federal investigation has yet to be made public.

The Associated Press contributed material to this report.

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