Secret tape recordings revealed in Oakhill case document


Bill of Particulars

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Bill of Particulars pertaining to the indictment of John McNally, Michael Sciortino, and Martin Yavorcik.

A 145-page bill of particulars includes the first disclosure of secret tape-recordings of those involved in the political corruption case of Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik.

The document, filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, included partial transcripts of conversations in early 2008 between an “informant” given the initials “CW” — presumably for “Confidential Witness” ­— and Yavorcik.

There’s also a partial transcript of a separate conversation the informant had with Richard Goldberg, a felon and former attorney who worked on Yavorcik’s failed 2008 independent bid for Mahoning County prosecutor.

It was the discovery of the existence of tape recordings made by the FBI which led a judge to dismiss the previous 73-count Oakhill indictment involving many of the same defendants in July 2011. The FBI wouldn’t provide about 2,000 hours of recordings reportedly involving at least one defendant.

The bill of particulars, which provides more-detailed information about the charges against the three, was sought by the attorneys of the three accused as they mount a defense against the 83 total charges that include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, bribery, perjury, money laundering and tampering with records.

The document states in a March 1, 2008, conversation with the informant that Yavorcik acknowledged county Prosecutor Paul J. Gains had initiated an investigation of several people.

That list included Sciortino and McNally, both Democrats, as well as former county Treasurer John Reardon, then-county Treasurer Lisa Antonini, who was also Mahoning Democratic chairwoman, and “Businessman 1,” who likely is Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., retired head of the Cafaro Co. retail development business.

Prosecutor documents say Yavorcik promised to make the investigation against them go away if he was elected county prosecutor.

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