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Dimora trial: FBI agent testifies regarding wiretaps

12:13 PM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Snow and stalled traffic delayed the 9 a.m. start until 10 a.m. of the corruption trial of defendants Jimmy Dimora and Michael Gabor Friday morning.

Under questioning from U.S. Asst. Attorney Ann Rowland, FBI agent Michael Massie continued his testimony from Thursday afternoon regarding multiple wiretapped phone calls, mostly involving Dimora.

Transcripts and audio recordings involve Dimora, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, businessman Ferris Kleem and former county engineer's office employee J. Kevin Kelley.

There was also recorded calls played between Dimora, Kleem and Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney. That call referenced a construction job on Runway 24-Left at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

The other topics included bids for the construction of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center, making arrangements for a Las Vegas trip, and concerns regarding businessman Michael Forlani's bid for construction of the JJC.

The calls also detail a conversation between Dimora and Joe Vinciguerra, owner of Lou's Sausage, regarding how the wives of those going to Las Vegas would react. 

Russo, 62, of Bratenahl, pleaded guilty to 21 federal counts, was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison and is cooperating with prosecutors by giving testimony against other defendants.

Dimora, 56, of Independence, is facing more than 30 counts of bribery and racketeering.

Forlani, 51, of Gates Mills, was charged in October, 2011 with multiple bribery counts and racketeering. Forlani is the ex-president of the former Doan Pyramid Electric.

Gabor, 52, of Parma, is also charged with four counts of bribery and worked for Russo.

The trial is expected to take three months.

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