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Cuyahoga corruption figure Forlani gets an eight-year sentence
Businessman says he was driven by competition
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
In The Region:
Cleveland businessman Michael Forlani apologized to Judge Sara Lioi in U.S. District Court in Akron this afternoon.

Forlani was convicted of 13 counts of racketeering and bribery to get contracts for his company, Doan Pyramid Electric. He paid bribes to former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cleveland City Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott. among other officials.

Forlani told the court he was driven by competition to win contracts and hearing himself on FBI phone taps helped him realize that his life was out of control. 
Judge Lioi sentenced him to eight years in prison and ordered restitution of $136,000. He's already forfeited $900,000 for his crimes.

Forlani remains free on bond but will serve his term at a federal prison in Montgomery, Ala.
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