The continuing drama that is the FBI's investigation into corruption in Cuyahoga County has been fueled by many things — outright criminality, less-than-bright public officials, indictments, accomplices turning state's evidence — but the most damaging evidence seems to come from the FBI's wiretaps of the key players.
You'll remember that the information filed against Frank Russo and the indictments filed again Jimmy Dimora were supported with quotes from said wiretaps, many of which seem extremely damaging (others, simply hilarious; see our FBI Wiretaps Uncensored compilation of the choicest nuggets).
Now, the Feds have notified the people whose conversations were privy to the ears of the government.
The PD reports that not all who received notifications are known, but estimate that hundreds of these letters went out.
(If you'd like to see what someone receives in the mail when they've been subjected to a wiretap, click here for the PDF copy of a letter obtained by the PD.)
According to the paper:
The wiretap on a cell phone used by Pumper was first authorized by U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells on Dec. 5, 2007. It lasted until May 15, 2008, two months before the investigation became public with raids on the offices of county officials and contractors.
Next to be tapped was Kelley's cell phone, beginning on Dec. 21, 2007, and extending through Aug. 4, 2008.
Dimora's cell phone and home phone were tapped from Feb. 4 to Aug. 6 of 2008. The cell phone used by Dimora was registered to the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.
Russo was next. A cell phone used by the auditor was tapped from March 17 to Aug. 4 of 2008. The phone was registered to Doan Pyramid Electric, whose president at the time was Forlani.
Forlani's cell phone was tapped on March 18, 2008. Two other phones used by him were tapped on April 24 and May 16 of 2008. All monitoring had stopped by Aug. 4 of that year.