Cuyahoga County

Former Lorain development director Sanford Prudoff to pay city $20,000 as part of plea deal

Cleveland -- The man who led Lorain's community development department for more than 30 years pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy-related theft charge that involved steering city contracts to a Cleveland law firm.

Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced Sanford A. Prudoff to 36 months in prison but gave him credit for two years he has already served in a federal corruption case and suspended the remaining year so long as he obeys probation rules.

As part of a plea agreement, Prudoff agreed to pay Lorain $20,000 in restitution for the estimated cost of their investigation into his actions.

The city also settled with the Vory, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm, which employed attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III, for an undisclosed amount as part of a civil case, according to prosecutors.

"It's the state's intention that he never again work for government," Assistant County Prosecutor Matthew Meyer said.

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