Feds charge Antonini with concealing campaign gift

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.

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