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Maldonado will serve 4 years’ probation



Published: Fri, September 23, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A former Youngstown State University student accused of receiving tuition remission to which he was not entitled will pay the money back and spend four years on probation.

Anthony J. Maldonado, 25, of Bev Road, Boardman, appeared Thursday for sentencing before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Maldonado had been charged with two counts of falsification and one count each of grand theft and tampering with records but ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor falsification in a theft

offense. The other charges were dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors contend that Anthony Maldonado’s

uncle, Ivan Maldonado, who had been a 20-year YSU employee, falsified information to allow his nephew to attend YSU and receive more than $30,000 worth of free tuition he wasn’t entitled to between 2003 and 2009.

The prosecution alleges Anthony Maldonado was not a dependent of Ivan’s as Ivan claimed, and that Anthony was earning well beyond the $3,500 annual-income ceiling for a dependent to be eligible for tuition remission. Ivan falsely claimed Anthony was his son, said Robert E. Bush Jr., former chief of the criminal division of the county prosecutor’s office.

Only university employees, their spouses and their dependent children are entitled to free tuition.

Maldonado was facing up to 180 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge and a maximum fine of $1,000. Bush did not make any recommendations as to sentencing, but did ask the court to make Maldonado make restitution to the university in the amount of $20,000.

Maldonado told the court his actions were due in part to immaturity. He said he plans to reimburse the university any amount ordered by the court.

“I am sorry for my actions. I was younger then, but I am smarter now and I plan to pay this off in a timely manner,” he said prior to sentencing.

Attorney Lou Defabio, representing Maldonado, told the court that his client is gainfully employed, not likely to commit another crime and is a perfect candidate for probation.

“This is a young man with no criminal record. ... There is nothing to suggest he will commit

future crimes or has committed past crimes,” he said. “There is no risk here that he will commit more crimes or is a risk to the community.”

Judge Evans ultimately sentenced Maldonado to four years’ probation and six months in jail, but suspended all six months. The judge also ordered Maldonado to pay a $500 fine and make $20,000 restitution to the university over the next four years.


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1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Good to see this from the kid: “I am sorry for my actions. I was younger then, but I am smarter now and I plan to pay this off in a timely manner." What does this say about Uncle Ivan "who had been a 20-year YSU employee, falsified information to allow his nephew to attend YSU and receive more than $30,000 worth of free tuition he wasn’t entitled to between 2003 and 2009"? Yeesh.

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2valleynative19(52 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

I've heard other YSU staff were involved with this scandal and turned state's evidence on old Ivan to save their collective butts.
Why haven't these corrupt people been named as well???

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3dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

What does this say about the uncle? It says that the nephew, Anthony is a "WIMP". Anthony, nephew, just bit the hand that fed him. If he thinks he was young, he IS STILL YOUNG and saving his own skin. In this generation/society it is ALL ABOUT ME, no one else. Did these kids ever hear of the "Golden Rule", does NOT seem like it today it's, "Let me do it to you BEFORE you do it to me". This will haunt this "young Person" - notice I did NOT say MAN because he is NOT a MAN NOR will he EVER be a MAN. He's a yello bellied snake who CANNOT be trusted. shameful what your own family will do to you. who needs enemies when you have family like him.

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4ChangesNeededNow(16 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

It is good he chose to man up and accept responsibility for his actions. I wish him well.

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5dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

You call that a Man? He's a CHICKEN, afraid of the political corruption that exists in the valley. Are they done with him? By NO WAY, they will continue to harrass him-he will NEVER be through with the corrupt political machine in Y-town.......wait & see.......................he played right into the hands of the corrupt system and ruined his name in the meantime....he's a felon - a chicken felon at that.

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