BREAKING NEWS | Antonini gets 5 months in federal prison

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.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and

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