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Judge unseals documents in the Oakhill case



Published: Tue, December 7, 2010 @ 1:54 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — As expected, a judge today made public several documents that have been under seal in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case.

Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. unsealed several documents including a motion to dismiss the indictment by Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., one of the seven people indicted in the Oakhill case, along with the Cafaro Co., and two of its subsidiaries, the Ohio Valley Mall Co. and The Marion Plaza Inc.

The release of the documents comes a day after a hearing prompted by a motion filed by The Vindicator and 21 WFMJ-TV to unseal records including bills of particulars detailing the specific charges against those indicted by a grand jury July 29.

In the 73-count Oakhill indictment, five people and three companies are charged with conspiring criminally to impede the move of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services from Cafaro Co.-owned rented quarters to Oakhill.

Oakhill is the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center, which the county bought in 2006. JFS moved there in 2007.

Besides the companies and Cafaro, facing conspiracy and other charges are Mahoning County Commissioner John A. McNally IV; county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino; former county Treasurer John B. Reardon, and ex-county JFS director John Zachariah.

Among the items still sealed are the bills of particulars detailing the charges against Zachariah, Reardon and Sciortino.

Two defendants, Flora Cafaro, part-owner of the Cafaro Co. and sister of Anthony Cafaro, and attorney Martin Yavorcik, are charged only with one count of money laundering, and not with conspiracy.

The money-laundering charge pertains to an allegedly concealed $15,000 gift from Flora Cafaro to Yavorcik’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign for county prosecutor.

For details about the unsealed documents, watch Vindy.com and see Wednesday's Vindicator.


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