Cuyahoga County corruption figure Steven Pumper was sentenced Wednesday to 8 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution for his role in the corruption scandal.
AKRON, Ohio - Prosecutors in the Michael Forlani bribery case are trying to show a connection between Forlani and DAS Construction's Steve Pumper. But the defense is trying to minimize any such connection.
Pumper pleaded guilty to bribery and is cooperating with the government while awaiting his sentence.
On Tuesday, prosecutors supplied evidence that Forlani provided $35,578.44 for vehicles either purchased, serviced or rented by former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
An FBI agent described $40,000 in home improvements performed at the home of Dimora by a company owned by Forlani.
Forlani faces eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to 13 corruption-related crimes.
In court Tuesday, Forlani agreed to forfeit $900,000 to the government in connection with his bribery schemes.
Federal prosecutors could call as many as 16 witnesses to describe how they received bribes in return for helping Forlani's former company, Doan Pyramid Electric, to obtain lucrative contracts.
Former Cleveland Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott is expected to testify Wednesday about a project she helped Forlani obtain in her ward. Pierce Scott pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
More County Corruption
A former aide to disgraced Cuyahoga County Commissioner Frank Russo is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on corruption charges.
A former Cuyahoga County employee has been indicted by a Grand Jury for falsifying data inspection and forging signatures, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Thursday.
Jimmy Dimora was visited by his wife and daughter Friday at the Cuyahoga County Jail where he is being held while a grand jury investigates his role in another alleged bribery scheme.
The visitation logs for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and County Auditor Frank Russo have just been released.
Two key players in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal are both back in the Cuyahoga County Jail.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora will remain behind Cuyahoga County Jail bars this weekend.
Sources inside the Cuyahoga County jail confirm that former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has testified before a grand jury.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is back at the Cuyahoga County jail, sources at the jail confirm.