Thursday, September 09, 2010

Yost Pledges Review of Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office

Republican Auditor of State candidate Dave Yost pledged today to review the transactions of the Cuyahoga County Auditor's office that resulted in federal charges -- and to seek full restitution.

"The people deserve to know exactly how much is due to the public treasury, and to have restitution for every dime," Yost said. "As Auditor I will work closely with federal prosecutors to make sure that happens."

Russo resigned today after being charged with in a 21-count federal information including offenses of bribery and tax offenses. The information alleges more than a million dollars in bribes and kickbacks through an appraisal contract with a private company.

"Charging too much for a public contract and kicking back money to the politician - that's no different than stealing the money right out of the till," Yost said. "I will work with other authorities to make sure that the people of Cuyahoga County are made whole."