Former Mahoning County official John Reardon indicted in Franklin County

COLUMBUS — Former Mahoning County Treasurer John B. Reardon has been indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on two fifth-degree felony counts of election falsification dating back to his aborted run for state auditor in 2006.

The first count of the indictment, filed Thursday, says that, on Feb. 23, 2006, Reardon, 54, of Columbus, knowingly made false statements on his campaign finance report to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office concerning his loans or balance on hand.

The second count says that, on July 28, 2006, Reardon knowingly made false statements on his campaign finance report to the Mahoning County Board of Elections concerning loans he received.

Reardon ran for state auditor in 2006, but withdrew from the race in March at the urging of state Democratic Party leaders, long before the May Democratic primary.

In an unrelated matter, Reardon was among five people and three companies charged with conspiring to impede the move of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services from Cafaro Co.-owned rented quarters to the county-owned Oakhill Renaissance Place. JFS made the move in July 2007.

The Oakhill case was dismissed in July 2011 after state special prosecutors were unable to obtain tapes from the FBI that had to be shared with defense lawyers in the pretrial evidence exchange.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and

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