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Youngstown City Hall cleaner charged with taking city credit card

Published: Sat, August 30, 2014 @ 12:09 a.m.

Man accused of taking credit card, buying $900 worth of clothes, alcohol

By Joe Gorman



A worker for the firm contracted by the city to do cleaning at city hall is accused of stealing a city credit card and ringing up more than $900 in charges.

Anthony McDowell, 40, of Carlotta Avenue, is in the Mahoning County jail after his arraignment Friday before Magistrate Anthony Sertick on felony charges of theft and misuse of a credit card. Sertick set bond at $40,000.

McDowell is an employee of American Maintenance Services, which cleans offices and other areas in city hall.

City Prosecutor Dana Lantz told Sertick the credit card McDowell is accused of stealing was taken from the finance department. She said it was used to buy alcohol and clothes, and there is video footage showing McDowell using the card to buy those items.

Lantz said there is one more card missing from the finance department, along with two checks. Lantz said McDowell admitted taking the card that was used but has denied taking the other card and the checks.

An investigation continues, Lantz said.

McDowell was taken into custody just after 4 p.m. Thursday at city hall, an arrest report said.

A criminal complaint says the card was taken Aug. 19 and reported missing Aug. 22. In the complaint, it says the card was used primarily at a Family Dollar store and Gypsy Beverage store.

Lantz also said McDowell has an extensive criminal record and is on parole for aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2004 after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and carrying a concealed weapon.

Court records also show that in 1996, McDowell was sentenced to a year in prison for a carrying a concealed weapon.

Sean McKinney, the city’s building and grounds supervisor, said the company had its contract renewed to clean city hall May 1. He said there have been no major issues with the company before.

Messages left at the company’s Market Street offices Friday afternoon were not returned.


1YSU_Alumna(60 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Broke makes a good point. Another is outsourcing. As my father once said about the government, "they'd step over dollars to save pennies. "

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2HSG(186 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's start over. "Alcohol and clothes" but Gypsy Beverageand Family Dollar?"

Please don't tell me this man was buying 'clothes' at Family Dollar!

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3michael1757(490 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

HSG,that was the first thing I thought,so I did go back & check,& yep,clothes shopping at family dollar.I'm not much better at walmart,but family dollar? I know what he bought! Those extra-long white t-shirts,so he'd have the prison look,& feel,but,soon he;ll be back...in prison.

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4ILoveYTown(4 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

They allow a contracted out company (goes to the lowest bidder) access to the finance department after work hours. This should stop immediately. Clean during work hours or hire your own employees to do the job after a background check.

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5vinglass(295 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm surprised that there was anything left to steal after the city politicians had left for the day

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6thirtyninedollars(607 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Just imagine what kind of havoc they could have caused if they had any brains at all. They had the entire cities account at their hands and went for the petty credit cards. They could have implanted software that would do way more damage than what was done.
Keyloggers, trojans etc.

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7DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

He cleaned up alright.

lol @ vinglass


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8JoeFromHubbard(1803 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

@ gdog4766:

My sentiments exactly. Where is the common sense and security?

Leaving valuable material exposed to theft after hours is inexcusable. Lock it up.

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