Ex-Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino is to plead guilty today to two counts


By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Former Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino is to plead guilty today to one felony and one misdemeanor in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove is expected to sentence him sometime next month.

A deal worked out with special prosecutors will have Sciortino plead guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor of unauthorized use of property (computer or telecommunication property).

Sciortino, a Democrat, 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.

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

He accepted a plea deal Feb. 26 that resolved the charges in the cases in Cuyahoga County and Mahoning County.

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

In Cuyahoga County, Sciortino faced 11 felonies and six misdemeanors.

Sciortino’s deal had him plead guilty to a felony count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract – reduced from a higher felony of tampering with records – and misdemeanors of falsification – reduced from perjury – and receiving or soliciting improper compensation.

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.

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