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Sciortino pleads guily; will be sentenced May 19

Monday, April 11, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN — Ex-Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino pleaded guilty today to one felony and one misdemeanor in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove will sentence Sciortino on May 19.

Sciortino was sentenced March 28 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to a year of probation after being convicted on one felony and two misdemeanors related to his involvement in the Oakhill Renaissance Place scandal.

Earlier today, the Ohio Supreme Court suspended his law license “for an interim period.” That was triggered by Sciortino's guilty plea Feb. 26 in Cuyahoga County. As part of his sentencing, Sciortino’s law license was to be suspended for the year he’s on probation.

Sciortino, a Democrat, plead guilty today in Mahoning County court to one felony and one misdemeanor of unauthorized use of property – computer or telecommunication property.

Sciortino was indicted June 4, 2015, in Mahoning County on 25 felonies: 21 counts of unauthorized use of property – computer or telecommunication property – and four counts of theft in office.

The pleas in Mahoning County were part of a deal he made Feb. 26 with special prosecutors to end cases here and in Cuyahoga County.

Court documents state Sciortino illegally used Mahoning County-owned computers and other equipment more than 300 times for political purposes, his personal DJ/band business and law practice, and had three employees help him.

In Cuyahoga County, Sciortino plead guilty to a felony and two misdemeanors.

He was accused of being part of a criminal enterprise to stop or impede Mahoning County’s purchase of Oakhill, the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center.