Cleveland businessman Michael Forlani has been sentenced to serve eight years in federal prison on bribery and racketeering charges.
AKRON, Ohio - A sentencing hearing is entering its second week in the public corruption case against a northeast Ohio contractor.
Prosecutors have used the Akron federal court hearing resuming Monday morning to detail the extent of Michael Forlani's crimes. He pleaded guilty to bribery-related charges involving county government in Cleveland.
One bribe target was former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. The former county Democratic chairman was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
The Forlani sentencing could be one of the final chapters in a five-year FBI probe which led to 60 convictions and 40 people sent to prison.
Wayne State law professor Peter Henning tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer the investigation disclosed corruption similar to old-style Tammany Hall in New York.
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.