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Former YSU union treasurer pleads guilty

Published: Wed, February 22, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Denise Dick



The former treasurer of a Youngstown State University union has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge.

Carol Hovanes, 59, of New Middletown pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Jack Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to a bill of information. Her sentencing date is March 29.

The Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office will recommend probation, said Atty. Robert Bush, who formerly handled the case for that office.

Hovanes formerly served as treasurer of the Association of Classified Employees at YSU and last May, that union sued her, citing misappropriated funds.

Bush said that Hovanes cooperated with the investigation. ACE, however, did not, he said.

“When we got involved, the union wouldn’t cooperate with us in providing documentation or witnesses,” Bush said. “They said it would be handled at the state [Ohio Education Association] level. When we contacted the state office, they wouldn’t cooperate with us with documentation or witnesses. They hired a firm to do an audit. That firm wouldn’t cooperate with us.”

He said the union didn’t want the investigation to come to light.

Neither Atty. Ira Mirkin, who represents ACE, nor Atty. David Mascio, who represents Hovanes, could be reached Tuesday.

Hovanes said she took about $13,000 from the union and has made about $9,900 in restitution, Bush said.

Hovanes served as ACE treasurer from September 2002 through December 2007 and had access to the union’s funds and bank accounts, according to the civil suit.

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.

The audit sought by the union found that from 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.

Bush said the union provided no documentation of those amounts.


1dancinmoses(68 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I want to know WHY you admit to stealing $13,000 and you only PLEAD to taking $1,000? SOMEONE CUT A DEAL HERE.

Who is benefiting from this deal that was cut? What a shame, this is a misdemeanor, this person gets to keep their job AND continue to earn a pension?

WHO IS THIS FAIR TO? Certainly not the union, is it benefitting the university? or does Atty. Bush have something he is going to benefit from or help some corrupt politician now?

THIS IS NOT FAIR! This person admitted to theft of $13K and pleaded to $1K ? How is this justice? and will ONLY get probation? What about the rest of the missing funds? Why doesn't she have to pay them back?

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2Rooster(78 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The paper neglected to make a few things clear, so someone help me out here. Was this woman employed by the university at all? Or just by this union? And if she was just employed by this union and they decided to take care of it on the qt, why did the city law get involved?

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3boxerlover(133 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Rooster. Am wondering why the previous comments are blasting the deal with Bush when it's the union that did not provide documents, statements, etc., that said Hovanes misappropriated over $13,000. She pled to $1000 because that's all they can do...something better than nothing mentality. Plus she has made partial restitution to the union, which I'm sure the union is grateful for.

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4dancinmoses(68 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

There are too many false statements in this article. Atty. Bush does NOT have his facts straight. Guess the corrupt political Youngstown machine is at work, alive and doing well for the crooks, no care about justice and doing the right thing, follow the law?
Make up the law as it suits your agenda, that's how politics work in this town.

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5jethead11(139 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Glad to be union free.

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6Rooster(78 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

So now do I have this part right - this woman thief kept the books for the union and she also worked in the library up at YSU?

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7foghorn(9 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a deal was cut. That's what a plea bargain is. The article is confusing. Is her union still suing her in civil court?

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8Rooster(78 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Doesn't this newspaper think we might be mostly interested in what kind of job this woman thief has up at the University and if her hand is in any kind of till there? So she stole from the union and theyre ok with it or not, we'll never know, but what does this paper think it's audience is anyway? Think we're worried about how the union comes out? I'd be a little more worried about what's going on up there at the University with these types controlling this story and the jobs they're doing up there with the University itself. And where does this prosecutor contender come in on this story? Seems I read some connection there a while back.

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