"I was trying to get Linda Rybak the position, the grade seven position," Dimora said to Madden.
"Somebody from the outside just applied," Madden replied.
That somebody got the position Linda Rybak wanted. Joe Nanni hired a woman who had previously worked outside the county. Nanni was the former director of the county human resources department, and today he is the chief of staff for the Cuyahoga County Council.
"Your ice machine needs to be put in and blown out - what else did you need?" Rybak countered.
FBI Special Agent Kirk Spielmaker testified that ice machine referred to by Rybak, and seen in pictures shown to the jury, was installed in Dimora's outdoor retreat area, behind his Independence home.
"You better answer the phone, or I'll never deliver that ice machine," Rybak said.
"It's already delivered, you ----head," Dimora laughed.
"We'll get you hooked up with one sunny day this week, I'll get over there and take care of that," Rybak said.
In same call that Rybak talked about Dimora's delivered ice machine, he asked Dimora for summer employment for his daughter, Dana. Rybak also said maybe Dana could have work in another department instead of through Dimora's office, to avoid "media attention."
Other options discussed for Dana's employment between Linda Rybak and Kelley included the engineer's office at Stonebridge or the sanitary division near the Rybaks' home during the summer of 2008 - the same summer FBI agents raided Dimora's home and office.
In addition to angling for more money for his wife and a paid summer internship for his daughter, Rybak also complained to Dimora on a recorded call that his union members were not getting hired by the county.
Within just a few weeks of Rybak's complaint to Dimora, two temporary, full-time plumbers from Local 55 were hired at $31 an hour.
Spielmaker also testified Rybak had a $200 cash allowance each month from UA Local 55. Restaurant receipts were entered into evidence showing Rybak's notes. The notes listed people present at the meals, and the receipts shown in court said "Dimora."
Rybak made a plea deal
with federal prosecutors last year. He was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison. His family was not charged.
The judge ended proceedings just after 5 p.m., so Dimora's defense team is expected to tackle a large chunk of Spielmaker's testimony, surveillance photos from Dimora's home, and many wiretaps in court Friday.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, the spotlight was on Dimora's co-defendant, Michael Gabor.
Joseph Gallucci testified Gabor delivered to him $2,000 cash for five months, while he remained a candidate for county auditor in 2006.
Gallucci said the entire race was a sham so former auditor Frank Russo would win the election unopposed. Gallucci ran as a Republican against Russo, a Democrat, but Gallucci withdrew his candidacy on Oct. 2.
Right after Russo's re-election, Gallucci got a county job. On the witness stand, he described his salary as "$67,000 and change."
Gabor also testified he received another $2,000 a month as a consultant fee from 1-888-Ohio-Comp, a managed care organization that handles cases for state's Bureau of Compensation. Businessman Sam Lucarelli owns 1-888-Ohio-Comp, and Lucarelli also founded Minute Men, a temporary staffing firm.
Lucarelli has not been charged.
Gallucci testified that Gabor also contacted him in November 2009, more than a year after the FBI raids, at the Parma car wash he owns. Gallucci said Gabor "was kinda agitated in his tone that day," and asked if anyone had contacted him.
Gallucci said Gabor told him: "You didn't pay for your job. I didn't pay for my job."
Gabor and Dimora have maintained their innocence of all federal charges.
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