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Antonini pleads guilty; will be sentenced at a later date

Published: Fri, June 3, 2011 @ 12:07 p.m.

AKRON — Lisa A. Antonini, who resigned abruptly last month as Mahoning County treasurer, pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to one count of honest services mail fraud.

The former treasurer and former Mahoning County Democratic Party chairwoman entered her plea at her arraignment before U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi, who will sentence at a later date.

Antonini resigned her county treasurer post on May 16, shortly after the charge was filed against her in an information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Antonini was charged with taking and failing to report a $3,000 cash contribution during her primary campaign for county treasurer Jan. 16, 2008, from a local businessman, while reporting only a $200 contribution he gave by check on that day.

“In exchange, Antonini continued to support the businessman’s interests and understood she would take official action on his behalf if opportunities arose,” the information says.

Board of elections records show only Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., former president of the Cafaro Co., as a contributor of $200 by check that day to her campaign.

Cafaro has not been charged with any crime related to gifts to her campaign.

Honest services fraud alleges a public officeholder devised a scheme to defraud citizens of their right to honest services through bribery and the concealment of material information.


1Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

She will be singing a very loud song about how corrupt the Democrats are. This should get interesting, I only hope she sings a few bars about that loudmouth Betras.

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2Tony_A(13 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Did you see Betras on the news last night?

He was screaming about all the power he has and how he can swing votes. This sounds like another investigation to me.

When are the Democrats going to get rid of this loud mouth donkey?

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

"The former treasurer and former Mahoning County Democratic Party chairwoman entered her plea at her arraignment before U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi, who will sentence at a later date."

Will Lisa A. Antonini be recycled or retired from Mahoning Valley politics ?

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

@ Tony_A

That was something,..

I caught that footage via retrieval replay of a local news telecast today. Where his staple has always been but in that segment he looked and sounded like he was possibly on something. He came across as if any of those that will be voting in the process better not dare defy or oppose him.

Which in regard to your mentioning a preponderance of another investigation possibly looming. Where we all knew Antonini was going to vow her guilt in this matter and her doing so wasn't unexpected. I'm wondering why Vindy hasn't posted anything in regards to another issue that's quiet relevant to this.

The one where Dan Yemma had opposed Betras's sudden infusion of using the electronic vote count gizmo. As the only means to tally the voting for the Antonini replacement as treasurer position. One where Yemma, is a candidate and stated he'd take the issue before the state attorney general. Because for some reason Betras vehemently opposes any allowance of the use of the normal paper ballot in the election / appointment process.

Where I have no horse in the race to replace the self admitted felon and " local businessman " operative. But I surely agree with Mr. Yemma's call for transparency in this replacement process. Which it's become quiet widespread among those finding it peculiar for Betras to so vehemently oppose the transparency of normal paper balloting,...

I mean no matter who anyone's pulling for to replace Antonini. Or if they're inclined to believe Betras is in that same fold or not. Thing is when replacing a treasurer that admits to having navigated as an organized crime operative. One would think the last thing anybody would favor, propose or even suggest. Is forging any semblance of a non transparent process of replacing a self admitted crook.

Where ironically the absence of a state attorney general in Ohio. Recently responded that the " party " has the right to dictate how the voting is conducted. Hence, clearly Betras is the " party ".and by Betras beatification. Ken Carano is going to be " voted " in however Betras, says he will,..

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

@ Stan

It all depends,..

As we know Traficant came back post conviction and retried to re-sell himself. So in regards to Antonini, apparently it all depends upon just how much success is achieved. In any formal attempt at dismantling the network she was hookin and crookin with yields.

Which from looking at all that's transpiring currently. I'm not so sure that their network isn't going to absorb a substantial snag. We all know it's going on and the records leave it beyond any mere opinion. But to get them all it's going to take a sweep likened to a total expulsion. That starts with cover up clerks and goes all the way up to clearing corrupt cloaks off the benches.

When criminal enterprise is allowed to spawn in governance. By influential intent it affects and doesn't stop until it controls every aspect of who's allowed to do what. Which the mark of it being totally empowered. Is when figureheads get brazen in no longer even carrying what their acts looks or sounds like to the onlooking populous. It's part hubris and part having no respect for humanity nor connection with humility.

Where once the entire populous has become bamboozled, boondoggled and besieged. By that propriety pack, the populous become viewed as mere pilferable prey,.. imagine that.

Not to imply anything and as best I know Tim Ryan's name hasn't been mentioned for any criminal activity. However, he's been so quiet for such a long time. That I don't know what to think about why he's not given his opinion on anything. He's not commented on anything regarding Oakhill, SB5, the Tressel bust or anything else in months.

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