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Feds charge Antonini with concealing campaign gift

Published: Mon, May 16, 2011 @ 11:05 a.m.

CLEVELAND — A criminal information was filed this morning in U.S. District Court charging Mahoning County Treasurer Lisa A. Antonini, 41, of Youngstown, with one count of honest services mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney announced.

The information charges that, on or about Jan. 16, 2008, Antonini accepted $3,000 in cash and an additional $200 in the form of a check from an unnamed area businessman, reporting only the check as a contribution to her campaign for treasurer and concealing the $3,000 cash gift.

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

An information may be filed by a prosecutor only if a defendant waives a grand jury indictment.

The case was investigated by the FBI's Youngstown office and is being prosecuted by Justin J. Roberts, an assistant U.S. Attorney.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"concealing the $3,000 cash gift"

So, Lisa sold out for chump change ?

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2redeye1(5542 comments)posted 5 years ago

Another one bites the dust !!!!!!!! Typical Democratic thinking I can do whatever I want when I want.

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3Valleyvoter(21 comments)posted 5 years ago

Let's create a list of who may have given the bribe:

1. Cafaro

No other candidates.

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4MLC75(654 comments)posted 5 years ago

KARMA ! She deserves what she gets.

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5FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 5 years ago

what about the "unnamed area businessman"? He gets off free? THIS is what is wrong with the system! He'll just bribe another one...politics as usual here in the Mahoning Valley.

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6endthismess(461 comments)posted 5 years ago

Very disappointed Lisa. Now...what else and who else do we need to know about?? Is there nobody out there who can simply do their job without having to become a total blowbag for power. Get the paddy wagon out. When there's a spark, there's usually a big fire.

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7redvert(2231 comments)posted 5 years ago

Never fails to amaze me how a politician, pub or lib, believes that every move they make in life is not under scrutiny. There are people who's sole job is to look for improprieties

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8outsideobserver(31 comments)posted 5 years ago

Or could the businessman be David Betras?

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

Does anyone wonder how Betras ($$) became Chairman when he wasn't involved in local politics at all???

I predict that Betras, Dann and Jennings are next. You didn't think the investigation of Dann and Jennings was over did you?

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9Lionelman(4 comments)posted 5 years ago

Any bet takers out there that an Antonini resignation opens the door for Tablack whose contract was not renewed? Keep it in the "family" guys. Typical Mahoning county politics as usual.

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10DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years ago

Only in Youngstown!

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11Lionelman(4 comments)posted 5 years ago

Doesn't it seem odd that Tablack was told about his contract not being renewed only six days before he left his job? These people all knew what was coming down on Antonini. Explains why Tablack wouldn't comment to the media about the loss of his job and why he didn't appear, at least to me, overly concerned about it.

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12valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years ago

When will you voters wake up and stop voting in these Democrats?! My God this is getting RIDICULOUS! Can't wait for Betras to spin this one against the Republicans and blame it all on Bush lol!

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13vinglass(295 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Cafaro octopus has its tentacles throughout Mahoning Valley politics...When will the Vindy take a hard stand against this family that has corrupted so many of the politicians??

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Democrats are not coming to Lisa's rescue . She is being kicked under the bus .

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15author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years ago

I applaud her for resigning and trying to move on with her life.

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

I am amazed that she went so cheap . . ..

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17piak(508 comments)posted 5 years ago

Interesting! Tablack has now a door open for him in a field that he would do well in. We'll keep an eye on that.

Doubtful that Betras is the "businessman". Now Cafaro...wild guess of "maybe" on that. But maybe there's another surprise on that name.

If Ms Antonini has been "thrown under the bus" by the Democrats, then the telling comment is that she's co-operating with the law enforcement agents. Is she or someone else in deep trouble in this matter?

Its a shame; my wife and I met her at a religious meeting and found her to be a very nice person. We hope they take it easy on her.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Cafaros have a long history of taking others down while saving their own skin . . . ..

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19VindyPost(436 comments)posted 5 years ago

I believe there will be more dirt to dig up...usually that's why an immediate resign--this is NOT just over 3 grand.

This bribery and $$$ speaks loudly in politics, not only Y-town, but many other cities and states. (dem/repub) Just another caught in the trap. Getting close to 2012 and the drama takes the stage. Curtain please... Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Frankly, this isn't BIG NEWS!

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20sue(178 comments)posted 5 years ago

Another fine officeholder proudly brought to you by the Mahoning County Democrats.

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21mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years ago

Are there any Mahoning Valley officeholders left that are not CORRUPT?? This is far from over----others are about to fall. She will sing like a bird. All this over $3000.00-----how dumb can you be?

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22golfnut(30 comments)posted 5 years ago

C'mon people! This is our proud Youngstown heritage. Stay with the Dems and we might get lucky enough to get another mob/union bought and sold congressman.

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23Silence_Dogood(1666 comments)posted 5 years ago

And yet again, another Ursuline grad that will be doing the PERP walk of shame. What exactly do they teach at that school.

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24computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years ago

I'm just happy that pastor "bob" at Victory will (hopefully) stop name-checking her at Sunday service...

Seriously, I am pretty ticked off, what with all the (free?) positive P.R. she has been getting from WKBN 570. Hey Verb, what do you think now?

Oh well, Dan Ryan always stood up for his buddies when they got nailed, let's see if Ron Verb stands by his...

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25computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years ago

One other thing...

They never tell you what favors were bought for the few grand these morons take. I mean, there has to be SOMETHING they can point to, as in

WHAT exactly did her handler get in return for the price of a used , high mileage, Chevy Cavalier???

They NEVER lay that out. As it would probably open up the County to too many lawsuits.

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26wraz(15 comments)posted 5 years ago

hmmmm she isnt originally indicted months ago....these lynchings trying to make a case forgot her? these comments are so boring and the usual groupies sitting on here all day making ridiculous comments is sad The truth will expose the real criminals Then what will they say?

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