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UPDATE: Cafaro must perform 150 hours' service

Published: Tue, June 8, 2010 @ 1:39 p.m.


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.

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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years ago

What an absolute load of CRAP!
How many times does this guy get to commit felonies before he actually gets jail time?

Now remember JJ. If you commit another felony, you are going to get probation, so be really careful.

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago

What a farce,..

I sensed this was going to unfold when O’Malley's name suddenly popped in the picture.

The Judge that tossed Cafaro in the clink got word via the back channel to either humiliate himself and the judicial position. Or step aside and let a shill assume the seat and do it,.. and Presto probation appears !

Sure it's an absolute mockery on the entire justice system that emphatically proves it's rigged.

A reputed felon that's owned individuals holding every level of position you can imagine. Has a courtroom history of getting flopped, immunity and then back to back probation speaks for itself and shows you all you need to see.

See all that does is signals that unless you personally as an individual want to lead a good spiritual life.

There's nothing else that warrants anybody from jumping right into the crime spree lifestyle. To pick their game and see how much profit you can make for yourself.

See that's not being cynical that's just the unblemished and irrefutable facts.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

Money talks and bulpoop walks.

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4harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years ago

Did you really think he would get jail time?? Come on he bought his way out of this mess too. Hopefully the voters will throw his daughter out of office next time. Oh wait, the idiots that live in this area keep re-electing the same thugs year after year. You people that keep voting for them deserve what you get so stop complaining.

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5harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years ago

She still has to run for re-election if she wants to keep her job you moron.

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6hubbardguy(32 comments)posted 6 years ago

Please, please, PLEASE quit saying that the Cafaros are from Hubbard. NONE of them live in the City of Hubbard. Despite all its faults, Hubbard is still a nice place to live. We don't need thre stigma or stink of the Cafaros (most specifically JJ or Capri) hanging on our city.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

"John J. Cafaro avoided a prison sentence"

Well, this was predictable . It looks like JJ still has plenty of clout .

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8TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years ago

Where and when will he be serving his sentence? It'd be nice to go take some pictures.

I bet he's planting flowers by the Eastwood Mall.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

They will have him down at YSU teaching a class on politics . :)

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10rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years ago

I can't figure out why everyone is so shocked.
Laws are made by the rich---for the rich

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11mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years ago

No surprise here. People---don't get mad---this is typical Mahoning valley politics. It is a real shame. The man still has clout and a boat load of money.

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12TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 6 years ago

I don't care what any of you say, 250k is no joke.
That is a large hunk of coin.

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13TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years ago

Let's see what happens with Renaissance place too.

"They will have him down at YSU teaching a class on politics . :)"
hahaha nice one Stan

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