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Wife of Cuyahoga County Attorney Agrees to Forfeit $1,950,000

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2009
  • Northern District of Ohio (216) 622-3600

William J. Edwards, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, C. Frank Figliuzzi, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Jose “Tony” Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, today announced that the United States filed a civil forfeiture action in connection with the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.

On December 8, 2009, Teresa Damiani, the widow of Louis C. Damiani, voluntarily turned over to the United States an official check in the amount of $1,950,000. The forfeiture complaint alleges that this money was in the possession of Teresa Damiani, the widow of attorney Louis C. Damiani, as a result of Louis Damiani’s participation in a conspiracy to bribe Public Official 2 in connection with contracts to perform commercial real estate appraisals for the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office. Louis Damiani died in September 2006.

This civil forfeiture action is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney James L. Morford. The related criminal cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ann C. Rowland and Antoinette T. Bacon. The investigation is being conducted by the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. The investigation is ongoing.

Upon completion of this forfeiture proceeding, it is the intent of the United States to return any forfeited property to Cuyahoga County.

By turning over the $1,950,000 to the United States, Teresa Damiani has voluntarily paid back over half of the funds illegally acquired by her deceased husband during the course of the conspiracy. The United States has agreed to give Ms. Damiani sufficient time to liquidate other assets to repay the balance to Cuyahoga County.

The following individuals have been charged to date in connection with the Cuyahoga County public corruption investigation:

DEFENDANT
ROLE
DATE CHARGED
CASE STATUS
John Kevin Kelley
Former Geographic Information Systems project manager, Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office Former President, Parma City School District Board of Education, Principal, J. Kevin Kelley Consulting, LLC
6/12/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 7/1/2009
Kevin F. Payne
Retired Chief of Staff, Engineer’s Office, Cuyahoga County
6/12/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 7/1/2009
Daniel P. Gallagher
Retired Chief of Staff, Engineer’s Office, Cuyahoga County Principal, The Eagle Group
6/12/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 7/2/2009
Brian Schuman
Former co-executive director, Alternatives Agency
6/12/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 7/2/2009
Steven Wayne Pumper
Chief Executive Officer, DAS Construction
7/8/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 7/17/2009 $3,664.00 payment toward restitution 11/9/2009
Dennis Dooley
Principal Office Assistant, Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office
7/22/2009
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 9/9/2009
John J. Carroll
Former Vice President of Facilities and Construction Services
8/6/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 9/9/2009
Nilesh R. Patel
Former Vice President of East West Construction Company
8/6/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 9/9/2009
Anthony Sinagra
Former principal of AC Sinagra & Associates, Former Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio and Former member of The Ohio Senate.
8/13/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 8/31/2009
Santina Klimkowski
Former elected member of the Maple Heights School Board of Education from 1981 to 2005 Former Department of Appraisal Specialist, Auditor’s Office
9/18/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 10/2/2009
Timothy Armstrong
Attorney, Sole Practitioner
9/18/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 9/29/2009
Bruce Zaccagnini
Partner, Belcuy Partners
9/18/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 10/2/09 $500,000 payment toward restitution 11/2/09
John Valentin
Principal in Stone Design
11/20/09
Awaiting Arraignment
Dinesh Bafna
President of Mont Granite
11/20/09
Awaiting Sentencing Guilty Plea 12/8/09
Thomas Greco
Retired, Former Agent of MetroHealth Systems
11/23/09
Arraignment 11/24/09 Plead Not Guilty 11/24/09