"Langford steered lucrative business to William Blount and his company and he, in turn, earned in excess of $7.1 million and, with the help of lobbyist Albert LaPierre, they ensured that Larry Langford's crushing personal debts were paid off through payoffs of loans, store charge accounts, purchases of clothing and jewelry and other items of value that exceeded $230,000 over a period from 2002 to 2006."
Blount and LaPierre also were arrested.
***In Ohio FBI and IRS agents are examining ties between Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo and a "politically connected firm that manages . . . workers' compensation claims for more public agencies in Cuyahoga County than any of its competitors." The firm, 1-888-Ohio Comp, employs Russo's son, Vince. Investigators also "are interested in any Russo connection to Samuel G. Lucarelli, who served 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering in 1989 for running a Cleveland gambling operation":
Lucarelli ran Minute Men Staffing Inc., a temp firm. Minute Men is also mentioned on the search warrant of Russo's home. Lucarelli does not hold an official position with 1-888-Ohio Comp but helps recruit clients during the enrollment period.
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