UPDATE: Cafaro must perform 150 hours' service


John J. Cafaro avoided a prison sentence, but he didn’t avoid being held accountable for making a false statement about a contribution to his daughter’s ill-fated 2004 Congressional campaign.

“These statutes need to be taken seriously,” U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley said of federal campaign financing laws.

However, she added: “The court concludes that a custody term is neither necessary, nor appropriate.”

Instead of prison, the judge imposed three years of probation, during which Cafaro must perform 150 hours of community service in his home community, and fined the former mall development executive $250,000.

Cafaro, 58, of Liberty Township, is the recently retired vice president of the Youngstown-based Cafaro Co., and he is the sole owner of the Brookfield-based Linens & More, a home decor retailer that is to open its first store next month in Howland.

Cafaro pleaded guilty in March to making a false statement about a contribution he gave to help the Congressional campaign of his daughter, state Sen. Capri Cafaro of Liberty, D-32nd, who is now the Ohio Senate minority leader.

John Cafaro caused his daughter’s campaign committee to falsely report to the Federal Election Commission that he had given only $2,000 to her campaign, when, in fact, he gave an additional $10,000 in the form of a loan to the campaign manager for the campaign’s benefit, the U.S., Attorney said.

The legal limit for campaign gifts by individuals is $2,000.

For the complete story,r ead Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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