Cleveland businessman Michael Forlani has been sentenced to serve eight years in federal prison on bribery and racketeering charges.
AKRON, Ohio - Cleveland businessman Michael Forlani has been sentenced to serve eight years in federal prison on bribery and racketeering charges.
Forlani was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi after agreeing to plead guilty in August 2012 to 13 corruption related counts.
The 55-year-old Forlani was the former owner of Doan Pyramid Electric, a company that was involved in thousands of dollars in bribes paid to former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Two days ago, Dimora filed a massive appeal asking that his conviction be tossed out, in part, because of claims that key evidence that could have led to his acquittal was not permitted.
A sentencing hearing is entering its second week in the public corruption case against a northeast Ohio contractor.
The sentencing hearing for Cuyahoga County corruption figure Michael Forlani took a surprise turn with the appearance of J. Kevin Kelley, who described pocketing thousands in cash bribes from Forlani.
Cleveland businessman Michael Forlani is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday morning where he faces up to eight years in prison for his role in bribing former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and others in return for lucrative contracts.