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BREAKING NEWS | Antonini gets 5 months in federal prison

Published: Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 3:18 p.m.

AKRON — Lisa A. Antonini, former Mahoning County treasurer and Democratic Party chairwoman, was sentenced this afternoon to five months in a federal prison.

She will self-report for her prison term under the direction of the U.S. Marshal’s service on or about Jan. 2.

Two years of supervised release will follow. The first five months of the supervised release will be electronically monitored house arrest. She was fined $2,000, plus 150 hours of community service.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi sentenced Antonini, who had pleaded guilty in June 2011 to a single count of honest services mail fraud.

Antonini admitted taking and failing to report a $3,000 cash contribution to her primary campaign for county treasurer on Jan. 16, 2008, from a local businessman, while reporting only a $200 contribution he gave her that day by check.

“In exchange, Antonini continued to support the businessman’s interests and understood she would take official action on his behalf if opportunities arose,” according to the information, to which she pleaded guilty.

Board of elections records show only Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., former Cafaro Co. president, as a contributor of $200 by check that day to her campaign.

Cafaro and his company were not charged with any crime concerning gifts to that campaign.

Antonini, 43, of Youngstown, resigned May 16, 2011, as county treasurer, within hours after the U.S. Attorney filed the information containing the charge against her.

Her plea agreement said she needed to cooperate fully with any federal, state or local investigations and prosecutions, where authorities sought her assistance, if she wanted prosecutors to recommend maximum favorable consideration for her at sentencing.

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1author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

George Lenehan and Jacob Harver of the Rosetta Stone, Lemon Grove, Guys BBQ and now the Knox Building ripped the taxpayers off for hundreds of thousands of dollars and they are put on a pedestal by the media in this community and left alone by law enforcement. Antonini takes 3k and they ruin her life and still make her do prison time. No wonder people have no faith in the system.

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2Roger_Thornhill(991 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

What about the information she gave? Anyone else in trouble or is this it?

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

And the guy involved in the shootout on the northside got probation. I think I would feel safer with Ms. Antonini out on the streets and the other guy locked up.

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4Roger_Thornhill(991 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

From Channel 21:
"Prosecutors recommended a reduction in sentence for what they called significant cooperation before and after her plea. "

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5vinglass(287 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

And Carafo gets a pass , as usual

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6bbearsmom(23 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This is disgusting. There are REAL criminals that are out there that have gotten less for their offenses. I have lost all faith in our justice system.

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72muchtax(790 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Once again the Cafaro name shows up! How many is that, Chance, the new Mayor now Antonino, wow the list is too long to call them all out!

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8questionreality(650 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The talk show host deliberately eludes paying for taxes and parking tickets and is coddled by the Vindicator.

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9BenitaDrugs(42 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

should be doing 5 years

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10BenitaDrugs(42 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

gotten ?

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11Attis(1048 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

A sexual prostitute and her john are both guilty of crimes. Why is it not the same for a political prostitute and her tony (Cafaro)?

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