County corruption: Forlani sentencing continued until Feb. 8

3:19 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has continued the sentencing of Cuyahoga County corruption defendant Michael Forlani until 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8.

That is the time frame for the defense and prosecutors to compile loss amounts for her to use as information for the restitution portion of his sentence.

Lioi has been hearing testimony for a week already. Prosecutors have brought in witness after witness -- including J. Kevin Kelley -- to thoroughly detail the full extent of Michael Forlani's crimes.

Forlani, 56, of gates Mills, has already pleaded guilty to bribery-related charges involving Cuyahoga County government.

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

Forlani faces up to eight years in prison.

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

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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