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UPDATE | State indicts McNally, Sciortino, Yavorcik on several felony counts

Published: Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 2:59 p.m.
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McNally, Sciortino, Yavorcik indictment

73-count indictment against Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Youngstown attorney Marty Yavorcik.

CLEVELAND — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced a 83-count indictment against Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Youngstown attorney Marty Yavorcik.

DeWine and McGinty this afternoon in Cleveland announced the results of a grand jury investigation into Mahoning County political corruption. It is a 63-page indictment by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on charges related to public corruption in the period of January 2005 to July 2009.

“It’s not over,” DeWine said when asked if the Oakhill Renaissance Place case would continue to be pursued. He said the indictments are all Oakhill related.

“It’s never a happy day when you have to announce the indictment of public officials,” DeWine said. He said the crimes are alleged to have occurred in both Mahoning and Cuyahoga county, and the cases would be tried in Cuyahoga county.

DeWine said the felony counts compel him by law to ask the state Supreme Court’s chief justice to create a commission to remove Sciortino as county auditor on a temporary basis. The attorney general said it’s possible Sciortino could be removed from office on a temporary basis, but he is not barred from running for re-election. He is up for re-election in November.

The offenses alleged in McNally's indictment “relate to his conduct as county commissioner not as mayor,” DeWine said.

The felony charges alleged for McNally are one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of bribery, six counts of tampering with records, nine counts of perjury, one count of money laundering, two of telecommunications fraud, two counts of theft in office, two counts of unlawful compensation; and other misdemeanors. The total is 25 felonies and nine misdemeanors.

Sciortino faces felony counts of one of engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, two of consipiracy, two bribery, four tampering with records, six perjury, one money laundering; and other misdemeanors. That’s 16 felonies and six misdemeanors.

Yavorcik’s felony counts are one pattern of corrupt activity, two conspiracy, three bribery, 17 tampering with records, four money laundering. There are a total 27 felonies.

When contacted by The Vindicator earlier today, Sciortino said: “That’s the first I’ve heard of that. I have not heard from anybody. Wow. I’ve been hearing the past couple of years they’re going to bring it back. I don’t know what to think. From the bottom of my heart, I really believe I didn’t do anything wrong.”

McNally said he too had not heard anything about it.

When asked if he should have been contacted by prosecutors, McNally said: “You would think that would be nice, but nothing surprises me anymore. I’m unaware of that at the moment.”

He also maintained his innocence.

McNally and Sciortino were among those indicted in 2010 related to the county’s purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Place. A visiting judge dismissed a 73-count indictment in 2011 without prejudice, meaning the charges could be refiled later.

The case was dismissed by prosecutors because of their inability to obtain tape recordings from the FBI and provide them to the defense making it impossible to proceed.


1mnascar(36 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Please will someone tell me, is there an honest politican in Mahoning County? Also why do they keep voting these so called honest people back in office?

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2Seriouslee(100 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Disgusting. What really pisses me off is that even if Sciortino is removed, the Betras Democratic Party will just appoint another corrupt crony. I'm a Democrat and I think this is appalling. Both of these men were under investigation, both were endorsed and promoted by the Democratic party, and both were elected. Mc Nally even said before the election, he would not step down if indicted and he was endorsed and won anyway. I think it was Jefferson that said people get the government they deserve, right?

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3rickking123(292 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

What would be nice is if these individuals didn't engage in the activities alleged in the indictment.

If Sciortino is removed from office does he still have access to the Assion taxi service?

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4mnascar(36 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Seriouslee; why would they want to change? The voters keep putting them back in office. They must be satisfied with the way things are running. RIP Don Hanni! Dave has your back!

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5walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Not surprised as I'm sure Lisa Antonini has been cooperating. But, what about the parties that DO THE BRIBING?!?!!? We know who they are but why do they always get to skate? Hopefully the FBI has released the wiretaps and we can get real justice.

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6LoveTheCity(14 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The only honest Politican got out of the local business and is in DC attempting to change across the country.


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7Seriouslee(100 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

DeWine said the felony counts compel him by law to ask the state Supreme Court's chief justice to create a commission to remove Sciortino as county auditor. The attorney general said it's possible Sciortino could be removed from office on a temporary basis, but he is not barred from running for re-election.

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So, even if removed Sciortino can run for re-election? Wouldn't surprise me if he won again! After all isn't the Youngstown mantra "everybody does it he just got caught"?

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8mnascar(36 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Kind of hard to run for re-election if he is in jail. He could run for probate judge. Something happen to him. I can't remember what! LOL Is Mahoning County up to the 100 mark yet on convicted politicians? We know the voters are blind!

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9Seriouslee(100 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Perhaps the valley "movers and shakers" can get him appointed as a VP at YSU.

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10DwightK(1256 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

You could run a strong mayoral campaign in this city just by letting everyone know you've never been indicted for anything, that the government doesn't plan on indicting you and that your tax payments are up to date.

You could win just by doing that regardless of how competent you are.

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11Buckeye1969(4 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

And when are the Cafaros ever going to be indicted?!? Everyone else involved with them gets the indictments but never the wealthy Cafaros.

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12hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The Cafaros should be squirming, but this AG bungled Steubenville so I would not be surprised if this stops with the indictment of public officials only.

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13tnmartin(234 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Does anyone want to play the "guess the party" game?
yes indeed, voting the straight Democrap ticket has worked so well for so long, right? The area is just famous for honesty, decency, public and private good behavior, good jobs, all of it.
thanks to all the voters who continue to vote for known and obvious thieves and crooks under the excuse of "yes, he's a thief, but he's OUR thief, don't you know". Friend of the "working girls". Or something like that.

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14twentyonetwelve(98 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Thats right people of Youngstown. Keep voting for the democrats. This is what you get. 50 years of shame. Look at the list of Mahoning Valley "public servants". It reads like a bad joke. You will never learn.

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15ytown37(12 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Yeah because Democrats are clearly the only corrupt ones.... George W. used waterboarding, justified Iraq by "weapons of mass destruction," signed the Patriot Act... Give me a break.

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16walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The reason so many Democratic officeholders get convicted is because the Republican party in Mahoning Co. can't get people to run against them. Other than judges (who may receive a primary party nomination) that run on a non-partisan ballot in the general election, I am hard-pressed to remember the last Republican to hold a county office. May be Ray T. Davis and that didn't work out very well. Either the Republicans don't want to be dragged into the cesspool or they realize it is next to impossible to get elected with an "R" after your name. Just part of the old union mentality. But, no doubt, with Democrats handing out assistance like Halloween candy, they get the electorate beholden to them.

The Cafaro's always knew which politicians to sink their hooks into. Most of them had money issues since they gambled, drank, or just couldn't hold a decent private sector job because of their personal weaknesses. Once they took the first dollar, it gets easy. I thought McNally was smarter than that though.

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17Kernaloftruth(86 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

When will they indict the politicians who bought Oak Hill l, bilking the taxpayers out of millions of dollars for a building that remains to be in poor shape.

Those are the real criminals. Buying Oak Hill was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now. Whatever McNally and Sciortino have been alleged to have done pales in comparison to the amount of taxpayer dollars wasted on this white elephant. The fact the county entered into a bum contract at Garland and how they violated the agreement is what gave rise to this mess in the first place--those are the people who should have been charged.

Will charges be brought against those people? No, of course not.

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18jams(5 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

See how u guys try to lie your way out of this you are all a joke

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19redvert(2064 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

"Endorsed Democrat", It is almost comical, but that pretty much assures you of victory in any election in this area.

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20Attis(879 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Just watched and listened to Sciortino vehemently attack DeWine in a TV newscast, blustering like a thug that his re-election campaign is now totally directed as an attack on the Ohio Attorney General. Has this threatening character lost his mind? You'd think a guy facing 16 felony counts and 6 misdemeanors would show a bit more restraint and intelligence. Time to clean up this gang in the suites - they're worse than the ones in the streets.

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21Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Having read several dozen pages, I am compelled to ask this one simple question. Why is not businessman1 (aka Cafaro) as the leader of the "enterprise" not the first person being indicted. After all he is the cancer that has infected this valley for decades, and has corrupted the willing prostitutes we in the valley call politicians. Some one needs to check the list of contributors to the Dewine campaign and see if maybe businessman1 his flunky brother and hideous sister have shoveled any truckloads of money his way.

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22rickking123(292 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

We have actual indictments against elected Democrats and someone posts an insane hypothetical that it would be worse if it was elected Republicans. Typical mentality for the Democratic electorate in this valley.
It's okay that these guys did what they did because it would be worse if it were Republicans.

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23Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The hero's of Hogwarts developed courage as they grew up and in time called "he who must not be mentioned" by his real name, Lord Voldimort. I wonder when the Vindy will get the same courage. I am not sure I will be able to read story after story with businessman1 as the lead player in this tragedy.

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24handymandave(474 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The way these disgraced Democrats keep screwing up maybe just maybe the people of Mahoning County might actually consider republican candidates for office.

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25Kernaloftruth(86 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Chessie--Let's be objective here. You and I, with the rest of Mahoning's taxpayers, paid $16 million (that is being conservative since we're still paying for it) plus for a piece of garbage property (don't take my word for it, you should take a tour and see for yourself). This property was purchased to spite Cafaro, even though Mahoning County willingly entered into a contract that specified they were responsible for structural repairs to Garland Plaza, not Cafaro.

So instead of fixing the roof at Garland for a cost exponentially less than $16 million, the county spends your money and my money on this bat cave on the South Side which to this day is in dire need of repairs and renovations, even after that $16 million dollar expense.

And John McNally and Michael Sciortino are the ones we are indicting here? And you wonder why the sales tax failed this past week.

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26Kernaloftruth(86 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

In case you were not aware, Sciortino and McNally were against the purchase of that building in case that was not clear.

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27Hmmmmm(48 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I also think the purchase was a terrible deal for the taxpayer. If my memory is correct the smartest man in the world, Mr Tablack, was the brains in this boondoggle.

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28Kernaloftruth(86 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

And that is the whole point. No one cares about how the taxpayers got screwed big time a few years ago, but everyone cares that the two guys who actually were against the purchase (who ultimately would have saved a boat load of money for the county) are the ones who got tagged in a BCI investigation.

While everyone is calling for their heads over these so-called corruption charges, the ones the taxpayers really should be angry at are the ones who facilitated the Oak Hill deal in the first place--not the guys who would have saved us money! Thanks to certain individuals, Mahoning County is now the proud owner of a building we overpaid for (and are still paying for) and the proud owner of a broke Oak Hill account.

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29IslandMike(752 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

....now for the other shoe to drop in the Belinky case!!!!

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30rickking123(292 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The question to be answered is why did they object to the oak hill purchase. Because they were looking out for the taxpayers of mahoning county or because they were looking out for you know who.

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31city_resident(513 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

So, let me get this straight. Bribery, perjury, conspiracy, money laundering, etc. are OK, if it (arguably) saves the taxpayer money?!?

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32Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Cheesiest the elephant in the room is businessman1, if you read the transcript. If you have a cluster outbreak of a certain type of cancer, odds are it can be traced back to a single source. In the Mahoning Valley we have an outbreak of government officials inflicted with the same malady. It's mode of transmission is in the form of envelopes from Belmont avenue. Some of the symptoms are a feeling of being closed in ( aggravated by a 8 by 8 cell). Another symptom is an overwhelming feeling of remorse. With that said you would think that the Vindy would want to identify the carrier of the malady, seeing as they never get sick themselves but they sure do infect a lot of people.
All I am saying is use the name not the court descriptor. It's not hard, CAFARO.

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33Seriouslee(100 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Sciortino and McNally were just looking out for the taxpayers, and bribes and breaking the law the way to do it? Lemme guess, just like with Tress, the rules were stupid and everybody does it. Geez.

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34Hmmmmm(48 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I do not have a horse in this race,,, all I am saying is these are allegations that have to be proven,,, they are innocent till proven guilty. I do not see that happening, that's all.

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35Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Rickking who were they looking out for? Try real hard I think you might be able to come up with a name. Dewine left several clues. Owner of ohio valley mall. National mall developer. Friend or disbarred attorney Goldburg. His sister gave lots of money to A disgraced Democratic Party official. Who could that possible be, maybe the Vindy can lay down a few more breadcrumbs so we can follow that trait to the logical conclusion.

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36kensgirl(605 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I thought once my parent's generation passed Youngstown would get some fresh blood. Sorely disappointed. The cycle continues. It's obvious Lisa Antonini rolled over on a lot of people to get a lighter sentence. Unbelievable. Only here in Mahoning County. Can't wait to see us on CNN again. Please stay tuned for our next episode of "How the knife turns." Brought to you by the democratic party of Mahoning County. Let's thank our sponsors Mr. Cafaro, Mr. Betras and all the others who have set out to make us look like s***. Mission accomplished,. Now beam me up and let me get the hell out of her Scotty.

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37rickking123(292 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

You and I know who they were looking out for, but many of the people posting seem to think they were against oak hill because it was a bad purchase for the county. It most likely was a bad purchase but those indicted weren't looking out for the county.

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38besthopes4ytown(21 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The big boys, the feds, are going to get Cafaro...rest assured. That is where this is all leading. The state will handle these local guys and they will talk... to try and save their own behinds. It will be the best thing that ever happened to this community when that mobster is behind bars. Look at what the greed of a single family has cost our valley. A LOT. And what was with that hot-headed response from Sciortino on the news!? Threatening the attorney general of Ohio, oh that's smart...
Really sheds light on the kind of people we are really dealing with. Thugs in suits.

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39redvert(2064 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Now were they against the purchase totally or against the way it went down since it probably did not benefit their handlers?

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40Knightcap(699 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Bad enough they just gave themselves insane raises, and no increase to their health-care contribution. They also had to take bribes. Things must be awful working on the taxpayers dime. How could people actually vote for the sales tax?

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41Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

The absence of an indictment against the Cafaro's when all the other major players have been charged lends me to believe that it was the Cafaro's that sang first, he who sings first and loudest get's a free get out of jail card. It is my opinion that Dewine has struck a deal with the devil himself, Cafaro's walk, the valley pol's go to jail, and Dewine is able to go before the voters of the state of ohio and say he has cleaned up the corruption that has infected ohio for decades.
The reality is something altogether different, the cause of this corruption gets a free get out of jail card courtesy of Mike Dewine, the Cafaro's live to bribe another day, and some poor sap's that think they are above the law will fall victim to this corrupting family one more time. Shame on Dewine and the Department that he oversee's for they are part of the problem for not attacking the very source of this corruption. Shame on them for not indicting that nest of vipers.

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42harleydog(209 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

How come betras isn't out defending his thugs that he endorsed. Is it because he is next. Sciorantino you are going to have to do more DJ jobs at Kennsington if you lose your auditor job. Just don't leave there drunk because your friends might not pick you up on 224. What a bunch of thugs the politicians in this area are.

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43endthismess(307 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Fully agree with Silence_Dogwood. Which means...Sir DeWine has to bend over next....and just what is HE trying to bury under Cafaro's blubber gut??? Once the spider starts to spin a web...the spider has to find his way out or he becomes trapped in his own self made TRAP! No one here is exempt...including DeWine, regardless of being the AG.....so...bend over!

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44Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I can't wait to find out who johndoe1 is, that guy just earned my vote for life, anyone in this valley with the marbles to tell the Cafaro's what they can do with their money is looking out for the general population and not the monied gentry.

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45besthopes4ytown(21 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

John Doe 1 is the man of the hour!
The Cafaros will have their day in court and I hope and pray they will have to pay the dues that are coming to them. They already tried the sing first tactic with Trafficant and the feds aren't gonna let that happen twice! 2000+ hours on tape, have a little hope! Dewine would not be stupid enough to take bribes at this point, unless he was another informant for the FBI. At least I certainly hope so! They aren't going to be able to buy themselves out of this one.

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46janpentz(32 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Does this mean that we get Sammarone back as Mayor of Youngstown? What about the 2k he gave Kitchen? Shouldn't he be indicted for that? If the Mayor and the council president are removed, who is next in line? This is getting crazy. It seems like Columbus hates the Mahoning Valley....

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47uptowngirl(111 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Shame on that simpleton, Mike De Wine. Who does not have indictments handed out by call girls with champagne and chocolates? Only in Mahoning County would an indicted elected official complain about how the indictment was served. I predicted that this case would be revisited after the scapegoat Lisa Antonini was released from the slammer.

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48handymandave(474 comments)posted 4 months ago

It amazes me that there are still people in this column that don't realize and won't accept that these elected thugs were and are responsible for their actions. They are responsible for giving the Mahoning Valley a black eye. If they didn't do anything wrong, or are somehow able to beat the charges, we'll find out in the near future but the attitude that everyone else does it so why should we care must change in the valley.

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49handymandave(474 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Education, if there was nothing to charge than why would the state bring charges? Better go back and get some additional education.

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