Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ed FitzGerald helped close a deal for which Jimmy Dimora was bribed, federal prosecutors say

Lakewood Mayor Ed FitzGerald, a top contender to be the first Cuyahoga County executive, helped close a deal for which Dimora had been bribed, federal prosecutors say.

FitzGerald has not been charged with a crime. Charges filed Wednesday against Dimora say that in March 2008 the county commissioner telephoned FitzGerald on behalf of businessman William Neiheiser, who wanted to lease Lakewood's ice rink. Neiheiser had phoned the mayor, but FitzGerald had not returned the call.

"He wants to make a proposal to you ... that he thinks will be advantageous to the city and to you if you wanted to talk to him," Dimora told FitzGerald, according to a transcript included in the 139-page indictment against Dimora, Neiheiser and others.

FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, obliged.

"I'll make time ... I'll make time to talk to him," he replied.

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