Reardon gets $1,000 fine, probation in election loans case
Former Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of attempted election falsification for making false statements on documents related to money for his abandoned 2006 state auditor campaign.
Reardon of Boardman was sentenced to five years’ probation and a $1,000 fine in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
Reardon made false statements on state campaign finance reports about $51,950 in phony loans from family members and Lisa Antonini, then his chief deputy at the county treasurer’s office and county Democratic Party chairwoman. That was done to make it appear he was a strong candidate for state auditor in 2006.
He dropped out of the race before the primary that year, receiving $115,000 from the Ohio Democratic Party to pay off that phony debt, legitimate debt and some money for a potential future political race.
In a prepared statement, Reardon wrote, “The loans were legitimate and there was no intent to mislead in any way. At the time the reports were filed I believed everything to be properly reported. I now understand that I was mistaken, and I accept responsibility for my mistake.”
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