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YSU union files lawsuit against its ex-treasurer



Published: Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The union representing Youngstown State University’s classified employees is suing its former treasurer, citing misappropriated funds.

YSU’s Association of Classified Employees union filed the lawsuit last week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Carol Hovanes of New Middletown. Atty. Ira Mirkin represents the union. The case is assigned to Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

It says that Hovanes served as ACE treasurer from September 2002 through December 2007 and had access to the union’s funds and bank accounts. In January 2008, a new treasurer replaced Hovanes and “discovered information that called into question defendant’s handling of [ACE’s] funds and bank accounts during her term as treasurer,” the lawsuit says.

Through the Ohio Education Association, the union sought an independent audit. That audit found that between December 2003 and continuing through December 2007, Hovanes made 65 “unauthorized disbursements from the association’s checking account totaling $13,266.69,” the lawsuit says. Another 22 transactions “were identified as possible misappropriations totaling $4,017.02,” it said.

Of that amount, the suit says Hovanes has repaid about $9,928 “but has failed and refused to reimburse” ACE any money.

Hovanes, who works as a library media technical assistant at the Maag Library at YSU, declined to comment.

Brian K. Brennan, ACE president, referred comment to Mirkin, who couldn’t be reached.

In an email sent by Brennan last July to union membership, he said that a Mahoning County grand jury has subpoenaed union financial records regarding the matter.

The civil suit seeks unspecified damages.


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1bartender123(27 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Teabagger,

“The Feds are coming, the Feds are coming” sorry for using your quote from a previous article but it fits well here.

YSU can not escape the criminal activity that surrounds the Mahoning Valley. What is interesting is that no Criminal Charges were filed.

Maybe it has something to do with the document circulating around campus which hints of a cover-up from the County and City Prosecutor and the Attorney who represented Ms. Hovanes in her bankruptcy case, I believe she’s related to one of the above. Fraud at the local and Federal level should equal jail time and disbarment!

Hey, Dept. of Justice, when will the probe begin? I’m sure the paper trail will lead to many valley officials.

I believe their will be some Public Sector jobs opening up in the never future in our wonderful Valley.

“The Feds are coming, the Feds are coming” Hey Mr. Brennan, “Didn’t you receive notice about the Federal Bankruptcy case?” You are a member of the group “Employees for Change” I see now what change your group was aiming for!

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Like clockwork,..

The line here is the unsavory swindle syndicate of Y.S.Shrew serial. Continues their saga of Shanghai Sam or Suzy styled money manipulation,.. and misappropriation.

@ Teabagger and bartender,

I suggest you embrace what the both of you { and I included } have in common. That being we want justice re-established for the area.

As opposed to dividing and not only antithetically alienating one another's support But adversely taking the focus off what our unified goal is.

See where not knowing if the individual is guilty of the theft as charged or not. But they've paid back other money they were accused of stealing and of course their side of that would need to be reviewed,.. to determine guilt or innocence.

However, it was done at Y.S.Shrew which is notorious of such status quo activity. To include by the non-credible connective accord established between members of the YPD, " prosecutors office and Y.S.Shrew

It's nothing less than a conflict of interest and disadvantage to the plaintiffs. To have the Youngstown forces investigating such a theft,..I don't trust it.

Hence those plaintiffs better be prepared to employ or have out of the area legal counsel and P.I.'s at the ready,.. if they're smart.

It wouldn't hurt the plaintiffs cause to have bent the ear or pulled the coat tails of a few Feds about this either.

The network that interconnects the injustice venues and Y.S.Shrew. Has Youngstown in a state where they're so corrupt they can't police themselves.

That's my perspective and I'm no Teabagger and it's clear that both Y.S.Shrew and the dysfunctional injustice sump downtown Youngstown Combine to form one of the most sinister undercurrents in unison that's ever existed anywhere,.. and that's an irrefutable shame.

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3Chief_Justice_Spartacus(26 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Shameful, its one scandal after another at YSU. I have less respect for YSU, Administrators, Board of Trustees and its Unions. The Faculty (OEA) are preparing to strike, ACE has a member stealing funds, APAS is the step child to all participates and FOP are Dr. Anderson’s pets. Geezzz, this Institution of Higher Learning is really screw-up!

Does anyone no why the County or City Prosecutor hasn’t taken any action?

I know many in those offices have worked at YSU at one time or another but that’s no reason not to perform their duties to the Tax payers of our City or County. I for one will not vote for the current County Prosecutor next election cycle nor will I vote for the City Prosecutor if he runs. They both have violated the public trust and are longer effective.

New blood is needed in our valley.

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ HarryMuffin

You're spot on,..

Had she done or been accused of having pilfered to pot anywhere else. She'd have been run up the flagpole and a ton of coverage would have been spotlighted on her.

But she did it at Y.S.Shrew and their crook channel of cash crabs and cronies don't want it exposed.

See had she been even as much as accused without any of the factual history of repayment. With a discrepancy just short of $15,000.00 dollars it's robbery theft on the grand larceny scale.

In nature and amount it doesn't matter if such is orchestrated by weapon or ink pen to enact the commission of such a crime.

To include to have been accused of doing it with supportive evidence of more than enough for probable cause. It's a federal offense in regards to that being a school and those funds being insured by FDIC,.. as if they didn't know?

Where in review of all that. As for time line the audited accounting should have been performed and re-verified long before now. To include by federal statute it's not Y.S.Shrews call if they wanted to review or report it or not. Hence if they haven't and or hadn't.They're in willful violation of a number of laws and procedural directives themselves.

It's quiet clear that whoever the financial director, bursar, provost marshal and campus president is. As prerequisites their collective resumes has to read like a serial of Jack Abramoff, Bernie Madoff or Jim Traficant apprentices.

That said I think this little ordeal is possibly getting ready to get real interesting for a number of individuals,..

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5Eddie640(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps no charges have been brought because ACE and OEA refused to acknowledge any problems and would not cooperate with authorities for nearly 2 years

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6foghorn(9 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

something isn't adding up here. why no criminal charges in this case? different treatment for different people. here's one:
http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/aug/24...

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7dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

How can this person get away with this? STEALING money and nothing happens? Why aren't those members enraged at this? Or did they get a cut too? Just one person did this and no one is screaming'foul'? WoW!!!! Shame on her, and she still has a job? What does she do there? Sure hope it has nothing to do w/money...........

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8crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

What is the president of the union, Brennan, doing about this? Silent? mmmmm.....and this has been going on for quite awhile, why the silence? Could there be more, the people are trying to keep quiet and hope it goes away? This woman has admitted to doing this, why no legal action? Look what YSShrew did to the former president of the union, he was found NOT guilty, lost his job but NOTHING happens to someone who admits STEALING? What kind administration is running the show there? Not good for the goose but ok for the gander? New president operating under the same old practices, turn the cheek and don't treat everyone fairly. Shame, shame, shame!

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9TheGreaterGood(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@HarryMuffin, Bartender123, Chief_Justice_ and crlbk1052

You seem to know and have a substantial amount of information on YSU ACE. Could it be that you are either a current or past member of the YSU ACE Executive Board? And how could someone get a "Personal Announcement" that was sent to the membership? Before you start accusing Brian Brennan of turning the cheek, I suggest you ask those individuals who met with Ms. Hovanes back in January 2008 as of to why this was not disclosed to some YSU ACE Executive Board members and to the membership back then.

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10Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ Chief_Justice_Spartacus:

"New blood is needed in our valley."

Youngstown just had a primary election and the voters chose to re-elect the same old same old politicians.

Thank God for Connie Hawthorne.

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11bartender123(27 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

TheGreaterGood,

If you know anything about the University, nothing can be secret for any period of time. It’s apparent that your’re on a fishing expedition. No I’m not a current or former employee but I have recently graduated from Youngstown State University. YSU makes it very difficult to be proud of that Institution in so many circles. I believe the Jambar did a story about that.

Every “Personal Announcement” is forwarded to many recipients during the course of the day. Even many personal emails between Management, Faculty, ACE, APAS are forwarded , regardless of their policies.

Its apparent that the previous Union Administration uncovered the stolen money and did what was proper, an Audit. Those findings were turn over to the Authorities yet no action has been taken. Wonder WHY????? I sure their was a Motive! Furthermore, never accuse some one without the facts. Right Mel, OH! That’s Melodie Provencher who started a petition to remove Domhoff without any proof. But its apparent that backfired on her when the audit report came out. Now this individual is running for the ACE President position. No honor, No integrity. But I’m sure those who blindly follow her will vote for her to their destruction. Par for the course as they say, Ha, Ha, Ha! Your emails and blogs are shared with many, kept that in mind next time write about junk.

Maybe it has to do with the Petition that you most likely signed “Dr. Cyndy Anderson for President” I’m sure your feeling her LUV for OEA and ACE right now. Even the Faculty were caught up in the LUV feast from the last round of talks. I know their not singing her praises now nor will ACE after this Wonderful Administration is done with them! That’s right, you belong to one of those unfortunate groups.

Lets get back to the basics, The Law was broken and the Price must be paid. I prayer that the Feds actually conduct a probe just to see how many of you are involved.

The End, for all of you.

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12bartender123(27 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

TheGreaterGood,

If you know anything about the University, nothing can be secret for any period of time. It’s apparent that your’re on a fishing expedition. No I’m not a current or former employee but I have recently graduated from Youngstown State University. YSU makes it very difficult to be proud of that Institution in so many circles. I believe the Jambar did a story about that.

Every “Personal Announcement” is forwarded to many recipients during the course of the day. Even many personal emails between Management, Faculty, ACE, APAS are forwarded , regardless of their policies.

Its apparent that the previous Union Administration uncovered the stolen money and did what was proper, an Audit. Those findings were turn over to the Authorities yet no action has been taken. Wonder WHY????? I sure their was a Motive! Furthermore, never accuse some one without the facts. Right Mel, OH! That’s Melodie Provencher who started a petition to remove Domhoff without any proof. But its apparent that backfired on her when the audit report came out. Now this individual is running for the ACE President position. No honor, No integrity. But I’m sure those who blindly follow her will vote for her to their destruction. Par for the course as they say, Ha, Ha, Ha! Your emails and blogs are shared with many, kept that in mind next time write about junk.

Maybe it has to do with the Petition that you most likely signed “Dr. Cyndy Anderson for President” I’m sure your feeling her LUV for OEA and ACE right now. Even the Faculty were caught up in the LUV feast from the last round of talks. I know their not singing her praises now nor will ACE after this Wonderful Administration is done with them! That’s right, you belong to one of those unfortunate groups.

Lets get back to the basics, The Law was broken and the Price must be paid. I prayer that the Feds actually conduct a probe just to see how many of you are involved.

The End, for all of you.

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13dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

It is amazing that people think because you comment that you work there or did work there. Dah! There is so much that people on the outside know, they sometimes know even MORE than the people that work there (those who hide their heads in the 'sand' and don't want to be involved - that is UNTIL something happens in their 'own little world'). It just stinks that this new 'change' movement era has been far worse than what they accused the last president of doing. What BIG hypocrits, change the rules as it suits the interests of the administration. They thought Sweet was bad, they aint seen nothing yet.

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14foghorn(9 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@bartender and followers you are fooling no one except maybe yourselves

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15foghorn(9 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

what's wrong with this picture? here's another one:
http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/may/19...

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16dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow, I just saw article in the school newspaper. How is this happening, this person admitted in this article that this happened, then in what is printed today in the school paper, she is a victim....... this person certainly is not living in the real world....when will justice come to the valley? At the reckoning? mmmmmm.....makes u wonder how all these thiefs can hold their heads up high and claim crap? WoW oh Double WOW!!!!!! Must be nice to be able to steal, lie and STILL keep your job while continuing to LIE?! Has to be Youngstown politics at play ....shameful

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17foghorn(9 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

you said it. . . shameful

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