Antonini pleads guilty; will be sentenced at a later date

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.

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