This morning's indictment of Jimmy Dimora (his second) and Michael Forlani accuses the duo on a host of charges — racketeering, mail fraud, etc. It runs some 91 pages, all of which you can read at this link.
Here at Scene & Heard, we know you're not going to do that though, which is fine, that's what we're here for. As a public service, we've strapped on our blinders and dissected the paperwork for the best parts: the wiretap quotes. Yes, those never fail to entertain. We just can't get enough of the Cuyahoga County Corruption All Stars talking to each other like the cavalier, low-level, greedy public servants and corrupt businessmen that they are. Below, a batch of highlights.
Before we get to those, you should know Forlani installed a $12,000 TV/entertainment system on Dimora's outdoor patio. With the tiki hut, that was probably the pimpest spot in all of Independence.
Oh, and he had his own Pepsi machine. The wonders never cease. We imagine conversations between businessmen trying to bribe Dimora went something like this: "Well, I'll just give him a two-story fridge. What? He has one already. Oh, OK. What about a gold-plated box of donuts? Has that too. Shit. Um, does he have a platinum ice cream scooper? No, good, OK, that's what I'll give him."
Anyway, on to the real quotes.
— Michael Forlani to Jimmy Dimora after Dimora had Dante's authorize a hefty charge on Forlani's credit card over the phone: "Give me my $190.00 back, would you? This fuckin' favor thing has gone way fuckin' distorted anymore." It's like a "teeter-totter with you sitting at one end and me on the top."
— Forlani to Frank Russo in a semi tongue-in-cheek tone after Forlani found out the county didn't want the Veterans Administration project all the way over at E. 105th where he wanted it: "You tell Jimmy Dimora he is a fucking dead man and I hope the fucking FBI is listening."
— Forlani to Dimora after the All Stars began to suspect the FBI was investigating them. Forlani apparently had already been visited by an agent at this time: "Let me see. I gotta check with my FBI guy and see if they want me to wear a tap or not. If they don't want to wear a wire because I don't want to fuck with my friends. You should be fucking nervous calling me, you know that, don't you?"
— Dimora in response: "I'm always nervous. I put my anti-block on though. I bought it at Radio Shack."
— Forlani to Dimora on ratting out others to save themselves: "My new song is singing like a canary. I'll tell you anything you wanna fucking know just to save my little hide."
— Forlani on the singing-canary routine again: "Avoid controversy around our necks we keep throwing our good friends with controversy under the bus. Give the sharks something to feed on, baby."
— Dimora to Forlani the day after the FBI searched his office. Dimora's family's phones had been on the Doan Pyramid group plan. Dimora was talking about getting his own family plan: "Yeah, I'm kinda figuring something's on my cell."
— Forlani to BE60 about John Carroll, former Metro VP who was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the Cuyahoga County corruption saga: "That guy will fucking come see me, or I'll go to the fucking County Commissioners and have a new fucking guy in charge of Metro. I'm not fucking around, I want to see that guy."