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INDICTMENT UPDATE: Read the complete Oakhill indictment here

Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m.

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YOUNGSTOWN — Seven people were indicted today by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of corruption in connection with the county’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Mahoning County Commissioner John A. McNally IV, County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino, then-county treasurer John B. Reardon, attorney Martin Yavorcik, businessman Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., Flora Cafaro and former Jobs and Family Services Director John Zachariah plus the Cafaro Co., the Ohio Valley Mall and the Marion Plaza were all named in charges in connection with county’s purchase of Oakhill.

Read the complete indictment by downloading this PDF.


1georgejeanie(937 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

What can you say, another black eye for the most corrupt bunch of politicians in the state of Ohio.

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2marianne(66 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh ya, let's forget all that the Cafaro's have done for this area and just throw them in the trash. Let's forget the people who have jobs, the donations they made and the people they have helped. Let's forget that their tax base puts a lot of money into the Youngstown coffers. By all means, trash them all!.

You fools!!

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3SteubenvilleOhio(10 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

How can this newspaper get away with printing these articles? I'm from jefferson county Ohio. No one dares mention the mafia in public, yet in private everyone laughs about how if you want to kill someone, Jefferson county is the place. I've called our local newspaper before, and asked how the mafia is allowed toget away with it in Jefferson county, and the one reporter said he was offered a $25K bribe, but refused it. Another reporter told me, if certain public officials did not obey their mob masters, they would get shot! I've read paperwork where it shows the DeBartolo's have connectins all the way to Presidents! I'm amazed the media allows the public to even talk about the mafia. Are the reporters at the Vindy to stupid to accept a decent bribe? or whats going on? heh Check into Steubenville Ohio, someone send the feds there to help us.

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4SteubenvilleOhio(10 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I just ran across some Bishop blessing a 16 Million restoration project in the name of Jesus in Steubenville Ohio. If you know anything about Steubenville, they are lucky to have 100K. A lot of these contractors also own supply houses. I wonder if God will appoint the work be done by those who will be milking the system big $ to rebuild some old pile of rubble.

God blessing rebuilding a building, while the poor are starving in the streets. Heh Only in America!

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5SteubenvilleOhio(10 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Check out http://OHIOVALLEYNEWSPAPER.COM/ it covers the Jefferson County Ohio / Steubenville area and talks about a little of the corrution. I think both areas, Y town and Steubenville are all connected.

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6marianne(66 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Amazing that you know the the reason that the Cafaros were generous with their money. And the valley would be better off without the Cafaro family and all that they have given this area? Tell me what you are basing that on? Are you working? Well a lot of people aren't and can't find jobs. So the Cafaros can just take their money and their jobs and go somewhere else. What a foolish remark to make! And aren't you just the nicest person in the world judging them all before they have had their day in court. I can only hope the same thing happens to you then maybe you will think differently. YSU was helped immensely by the Cafaro family. But of course you are just choosing to listen to smut you hear on the street about them. All those who have jobs because of them means nothing to you. You accuse the Debartolo's also of being rackateers. You are just a jealous wannabe who is bitter and envious. Rich people are all evil according to you. You are a sad disturbed person. Do you do anything else but judge?

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7ytown1(395 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Marianne, or is that you Flora?

You fail to realize dirty money is still dirty money even if it is a donation.

You probably would approve of the church keeping a large donation from a drug dealer, wouldn't you?

Oh, but you don't see the similarity do you ?

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8dadriver(6 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Hey censoredship. You don't have a clue. The Cafaro's are not in the mafia. The only thing they may be guilty of is using their money to influence people into doing certain things that they wanted done, period. They own 34 million sq ft. of retail space around the country that is paid off. They are for the most part debt free, so do you think they actually give a sh$$t about the tiny amount of rent they were getting from ODJFS. They were trying to prove a point that Oakhill was a waist of money, and they were right. As far as the debartolos, they haven't existed in this area in years except for the ownership of that poor exuse of a football team. Just remember that no matter how much money they have, it still takes a crooked politician to accept or solicit a bribe.

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