CLEVELAND -- Harlan Diamond, CEO of Executive Caterers, has been in conversations with the U.S. Attorney's office for a few weeks regarding the federal probe into Cuyahoga County corruption, media consultant Joseph D. Rice confirmed to Channel 3 News.
"It's pretty clear that it is related to the corruption probe," Rice said.
Rice, who says he was hired by Diamond a few weeks ago to deal with the media questions, said Diamond would have no further comment until the talks with federal officials are concluded.
Rice did not say exactly when Diamond was approached by federal officials. Rice said Diamond is being represented by attorney Robert Glickman.
In an email response, federal prosecutors said that, "as a matter of policy, we never confirm or deny the existence of any investigation."
Late Friday, Charles Klass, the executive vice president of Executive Caterers, issued a statement, saying "In response to the article (regarding Harlan Diamond), we want to assure our customers and the community that this will not affect operations at Executive Caterers in any way. Our focus will continue to be on providing the same excellent service that has been our hallmark for more than 50 years."
Diamond, 76, of Bratenahl, is best known for owning Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.
Along with other political and business organizations, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party held many events there over the years and Diamond got to know former party chairman and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Dimora was indicted in September on 26 counts in the corruption probe. He maintains his innocence.
On July 28, 2008, more than 200 IRS and FBI agents simulataneously raided the homes and offices of county officials and others doing business with the county. That was the first time the probe went public but federal officials said the probe had been going on for three years prior to that.
To date, there have been 46 defendants charged in the probe.
On Nov. 15, 1960 Executive Caterers was formed and operated out of a building on Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere.
In 1983, they had the opportunity to buy Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. In 1987, they built an addition on the original Landerhaven building and closed down the building on Chagrin Boulevard.