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Ex-treasurer Antonini will be sentenced in November

Published: Thu, September 19, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.



Staff report


Former Mahoning County Treasurer Lisa Antonini will be sentenced in November on charges she underreported a campaign contribution by a local businessman in 2008.

A Tuesday judgment entry by Judge Sara Lioi of the U.S. Northern District of Ohio in Akron set 2 p.m. Nov. 13 as the date she will sentence Antonini.

Antonini, also a former county Democratic Party chairwoman, entered a guilty plea to a bill of information in June 2011 to a count of honest-services mail fraud.

The plea agreement she entered into called for her full cooperation into any cases that her help was needed in by the federal government.

The fraud count contends a public officeholder devised a scheme to defraud citizens of their right to honest services through bribery and the concealment of material information.

Antonini couldn’t be reached late Wednesday by The Vindicator to comment.

David Betras, who succeeded Antonini as head of the county Democratic Party, also declined to comment about her sentencing.

Antonini of Austintown has been free on bond since she entered her plea.

Sentencing options for Judge Lioi range from probation to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors did not recommend a sentence when she reached her plea agreement.

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

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

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

Cafaro has not been charged with any crime related to gifts to the Antonini campaign.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What is the over/under on Bertram writing a column about this Sunday?

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2jailbirds93(16 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

No comment from big mouth Betras??? Why? Could it be possible that Betras is worried that Lisa has told the feds everything she knows about his underhanded dealings?

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3DwightK(1535 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I imagine the pucker factor on Belmont Ave is relatively high.

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4Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Oak Hill is over. Feds would have charged others before Antonini got sentenced if they were going to do anything.
At least LA took responsibility for what she did; she couldn't get unarrested.

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5walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

That is funny! So, we have about 2 months to see who is indicted. You have to question the intelligence of these idiot Democrats that keep associating themselves with these questionable characters!

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6Boss(11 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Whos next, Randy Smith Randy Smith Randy Smith Randy Smith Randy Smith, That's the word on the street. I wonder if he makes a deal and gives up Dr. Enyart, Dan Polivka, and Frank Fuda. This I'll scratch your back you scratch mine Democrats need to be cleaned up! Transparency.

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7Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

She basically has done 2 years probation.
If feds are not going to do anything to Cafaro, then tell Antonini to have a nice day.

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