December 19, 2014

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Attorneys facing bribery charges

Two Cuyahoga County attorneys have been indicted for allegedly trying to bribe a victim in a criminal case.

Marc Doumbas, 44, of Westlake, and Giles Timothy Marshall, 63, of Olmsted Falls, are charged with two counts each of bribery, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office.

The indictments were announced the same day a search warrant was executed at the Bentleyville home of Anthony Calabrese III, who was indicted along with former Lorain Community Development Director Sandy Prudoff in the federal Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

McGinty spokeswoman Maria Russo said the current investigation isn’t connected to the federal probe.

The news release said that between April 19 and Nov. 6, Doumbas and Marshall tried to bribe the unidentified witness with cash on two separate occasions. Russo said the investigation is ongoing.

Calabrese, who hasn’t been charged in connection with the bribery case, has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against him, which center in part on work he did for a Cleveland halfway house while working for the law firm of Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease.

Prudoff pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal corruption charges accusing him of taking payment for work that he didn’t actually do at the same halfway house. He was sentenced to two years in a federal prison.

Lorain officials have hired a law firm to investigate Calabrese’s work in the city, and Lorain police are continuing to investigate Prudoff and others they suspect of corruption.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.