Player in Corruption Scandal Gets 8 Years

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AKRON, Ohio — Another sentence has been handed down in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal.

Former contractor Michael Forlani previously pleaded guilty to 13 counts including bribery and extortion.

Monday, he was sentenced to a little over eight years in prison.

Forlani admitted to having thousands of dollars of work performed at the Independence Home of former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

FBI Special Agent Melissa Fortunato calculated that Forlani’s company did more than $40,000 of work at Dimora’s house but did not start sending bills to Dimora until after they became aware of the FBI’s corruption investigation.

In return, the government contends that Forlani hoped to win bids.

Government prosecutors contend that Forlani wined and dined Dimora, spending more than $800 on dinners for the former county commissioner and his friends.

They also played wiretapped telephone conversations in which Forlani himself talks about making a $20,000 contribution to a political fund for then City Council President Martin Sweeney. In the phone call, Forlani is heard saying “money cures a lot of evils.”

Dimora was previously sentenced to 28 years in prison on more than 30 corruption-related charges.

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