AKRON, Ohio (AP) — 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 (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) 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 (bit.ly/13uBTtX) the investigation disclosed corruption similar to old-style Tammany Hall in New York.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com