Cafaro files suit to dismiss indictment in Oakhill conspiracy case

YOUNGSTOWN — Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., former president of Cafaro Co. and one of five people charged in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal conspiracy case, today filed a 106-page suit to dismiss the indictment, alleging misconduct and vindictiveness by Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains.

A special grand jury handed up indictments in July 20101 alleging conspiracy by Cafaro, county Commissioner John A. McNally IV, county Auditor Michael Sciortino, former county Treasurer John Reardon, and John Zachariah, former director of the county's Department of Job and Family Services, to prevent the move of the JFS in Cafaro-owned rented property on the city's East Side to county-owned Oakhill, the former Forum Health South Side Medical Center, in 2007.

Today's filing says the indictment "is the result of a vindictive campaign by Mahoning County Prosecutor Gains and his office to punish the Cafaro defendants and otehrs for opposing him in a heated public debate."

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and

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