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Ex-YSU union official files suit against two

Published: Thu, June 30, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.


Ivan Maldonado

By Peter H. Milliken



A former president of the classified employees’ union at Youngstown State University has filed a lawsuit alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Ivan Maldonado, 43, of Euclid Boulevard, Boardman, filed the civil lawsuit earlier this week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Mary Kay Helscel, a university employee who accused him of threatening her, and Lt. Michael Cretella of the university’s police department to whom Helscel complained.

The case is assigned to Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

The suit, filed for Maldonado by Atty. John B. Juhasz, demands a jury trial and seeks more than $25,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive and exemplary damages.

Helscel did not respond to a request to comment, and Cretella could not be reached to comment.

Maldonado filed the suit nearly a year after he was acquitted of the criminal-misdemeanor menacing charge by Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court after a brief nonjury trial June 28, 2010.

In her complaint, Helscel said Maldonado called her at work March 10, 2009, regarding the circulation of a letter of agreement between the union and the university, which was designed to resolve a potential grievance issue, and advised her that it would be bad for her health if she were involved in circulating copies of that agreement.

A menacing charge states that the defendant knowingly caused the victim to believe the defendant would cause physical harm to the victim or her property, Judge Douglas said.

“The threat was not physical harm,” Judge Douglas said, adding that Maldonado’s alleged statement referred to union culture and the stress of union litigation.

The lawsuit says Maldonado made no threats during his conversation with Helscel and alleges Cretella “failed to investigate the complaint adequately.”

The university fired Maldonado in July 2009, amid accusations that his job performance was unsatisfactory and that he threatened a university employee. Maldonado, who had been a 20-year university employee, is a former president of YSU’s Association of Classified Employees, a 400-member labor union.

Although he was acquitted of the menacing charge in municipal court, Maldonado still faces misdemeanor and felony charges in a YSU payroll case.

In that case, Maldonado is charged with 10 counts of theft, two counts each of falsification and theft in office and one count each of tampering with records and grand theft. The jury trial in that matter is set to begin Aug. 1 before Judge James C. Evans of common pleas court.


1republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years ago

Maldonado is nothing but a punk bully looking to cash in. This is nothing but legalized stalking. His family must be proud of the thug.

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2db(280 comments)posted 5 years ago

Another union dork with his hand out.

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3republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years ago

Who is Ivan-the-terrible's lawyer? The way to stop this legalized stalking is to boycott the lawyer that files this frivolous lawsuit.

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4DeepThoughts(7 comments)posted 5 years ago

Who says that doing something "will be bad for your health" and is really just altruistically looking out for the person they are talking to? Give me a break. Everyone would take that as a threat, except Judge Douglas apparently. I'm sure if some attorney said that to him, he'd take it as a threat. It's just the typical union mentality of wanting something for nothing and bullying, twisting, and mistating facts to get it.

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5pol26(26 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ivan is a thug and is most likely behind the comments that praise him here. Suing his victim is a way to get his mug in the paper. God forbid we should forget about him. Sure he was "nice". "Nice" to all his cronies....got them unbelievable pay raises, helped them commit fraud, filed grievances against their bosses, and even got them free tuition. ( Needed his wife's help on that last one.) His "knowledge" and "experience" should have been applied to his job....then he might still have one. In reality, he's done and so is his "Union".

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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years ago

Oh the lore of Y.S.Shrew,..

Surely he knows a lot more of how and who by name, manner and positions. That's all inclusive of the criminality schemes being conducted down at that absolute shysters chateau also known as Y.S.Shrew.

But he also knows that with every organized crime kingpin and crab crony being connected at that hub. There's not going to be any prosecution of any aspect of it if taken through the Jackals adjoined throughout the Mahoning or Trumbull county courts,.. an array of Jesters in drag.

Note he's not asked for his " Job " back anymore. Now he's just merely making a motion for a ransom,.. and or some shut up money.

So this time around has Quid pro quo written all over it. One where judicially the record reflects the individual has not been found guilty of menacing / harassment / coercion via intimidation. However, there's yet loads of evidence regarding charging him with numerous other crimes committed at the same operation.

Corruption?,.. sure and there's loads of it.

Granted this individual has been working with, through, around and for some of those criminals for better than twenty years. Now he's been formally charged as one of criminal acts and it shouldn't surprise anybody,.. in the least.

To include there are an array of yet to be charged & convicted crooks. That's perched on the bench throughout the Mahoning county courts bench's. However, with that I don't see any $275 K payday swaying in this individuals favor. I see this as more a leverage play for plea deal wriggle room. Than any genuine expectancy of receiving such a sum from who he better know who he's been dealing with.

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7republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years ago

This corrupt thug threatened employees, put friends and relatives on the payroll. and was accused of fraud and lying. He was fired by YSU for his unethical and possibly illegal actions.
Thank God this bum is not around college kids or YSU employees anymore.

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