Jimmy Dimora trial: Caterer Harlan Diamond testified

4:05 PM, Feb 1, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Harlan Diamond, owner of Executive Caterers of Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, took the stand just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Diamond was testifying regarding bills which show that Jimmy Dimora's personal parties were charged to Dimora's campaign fund.

Dimora frequently held personal and campaign events at Landerhaven and Diamond was becoming concerned about the mounting unpaid bills.

"There was a balance of 20, 30, 40, 50 thousand dollars at the time. We're talking about a lot of money," he said.

Diamond, 77, of Bratenahl, testified about the Dimora Boosters eventually paying the bill for Lori Dimora's 50th birthday party at Landerhaven in 2006.

Diamond pleaded guilty in April, 2011 to working with former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora to defraud Dimora's political campaign fund.

According to court records, Diamond agreed to bill Dimora's political campaign fund for charges Dimora incurred for his wife Lori's 50th birthday party at Executive Caterer's at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

Court records reveal that Diamond added $3,641.86 to the bill for a Dimora Boosters Club brunch in October, 2006.

Dimora and Diamond later met again to discuss unpaid bills and it resulted in another $3,466.94 from the campaign fund being applied to the balance owed for Lori Dimora's birthday party.

"Jimmy asked me whether it was going to cover the other parties," Diamond testified about the additional charges, "and I said, in part. So that's what I did."

Diamond could face six months in prison but his attorney Robert Glickman had him sign an 18-page plea agreement with prosecutors which could help Diamond avoid any prison time.

In mid-2011 in Cleveland, U.S. District Court Judge John Adams took Diamond's guilty plea but Diamond will not be sentenced until after Dimora's trial.

That agreement requires Diamond to testify for the prosecution, if necessary, against Dimora. Dimora, 56, of Independence, has pleaded not guilty to all counts and maintains his innocence.

Diamond was charged March 7, 2011 but a spokesman told Channel 3 that he had been cooperating with authorities in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe before that date.


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