Akron: Corruption defendant Forlani sentenced to 8 years

7:00 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Cuyahoga County corruption defendant Michael Forlani was sentenced to 8 years and 1 month in prison for his bribery-related charges in the probe Monday afternoon.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi recommended that the defendant be placed at FPC Montgomery in Alabama. Defendant shall self-surrender as directed.

He will also have supervised release for 3 years.

He will have mandatory drug testing as well.

His restitution totals $136,251.66 -- $95,129.64 to Cuyahoga County; $3,978.02 to Metro Health Systems; and $37,144.00 to Maple Heights City School District.

Forlani, 56, of Gates Mills, is the former owner of Doan Pyramid Electric, once Cleveland's largest electrical wiring contractor.

Forlani pleaded guilty before Lioi on Aug. 30, 2012, to bribery-related charges. He had been scheduled to go to trial in October.

He was accused of bribing former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora in return for public contracts.

Forlani pleaded guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, among other charges.

Court records show he also forfeited $900,000.

Forlani was charged along with 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.

Prosecutors accused Forlani of bribing Dimora and others with gifts, meals, money and free home improvements.

The charges also 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.


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