Akron: Corruption defendant will change plea

11:56 AM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - The former president of one of Ohio's largest electrical wiring companies is likely to plead guilty Thursday in the ongoing county corruption probe, according to court records released today.  

Michael Forlani, of Gates Mills, was scheduled to go on trial this October after pleading not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and other corruption-related charges.

But U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi noted in a court filing today that Forlani will be in court Thursday for a "change of plea hearing."

Forlani was charged along with former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora last year in a 91-page indictment. Federal prosecutors dropped the charges against Dimora after he was convicted on 33 of 34 federal counts in a separate, unrelated trial.

Forlani is the former president of Doan Pyramid Electric, which used to be one of the largest electrical wiring companies in Ohio. 

Prosecutors allege that Forlani bribed Dimora and others with gifts, meals, money and free home improvements in return for help landing contracting work on public projects.

The charges revolve around the $125 million Veterans Administration project on University Circle, which included a 2,080-space parking garage, an office building and a 122-bed dwelling for homeless veterans near the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Doan Pyramid also won electrical contracts to provide work at the new Juvenile Justice Center and the Louis Stokes VA Hospital.

Federal prosecutors said Forlani also bribed former Cleveland City Councilwoman Sabra Priece Scott. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.

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