Friday, March 17, 2017
By Ed Runyan
Mario Manningham, the Warren native whose catch in the 2012 Super Bowl propelled the New York Giants to a title, apparently isn’t cheering a move by his hometown.
The city charged him income tax on about $2 million of income from 2013, his last in the NFL, when he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
And since he didn’t pay the $39,309 the city billed him, the Warren Income Tax Department turned his account over to a Cleveland collections agency.
That company, Keith D. Weiner & Associates LPA, filed a lawsuit on Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court against Manningham, 30, of Canton, seeking $63,219, which includes the original amount, plus interest of $18,279 and a late charge of $5,630.
The address on the Manningham account is for a home on Oak Knoll Avenue in Warren, which is the home of his grandmother, Annie Simpson.
Simpson said she doesn’t understand why her grandson would be billed Warren income tax when he has not lived in Warren since he graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 2005. She said her grandson has expressed the same frustration.
“I couldn’t understand why they charged him because he didn’t live here, and he came back and did a lot for Warren,” she said.
Attempts to reach Manningham on Thursday by social media and through his grandmother were unsuccessful.
Manningham has been coming home to Warren for at least five years to operate the Mario Manningham Football Camp, which last summer took place July 23 at Harding for boys and girls age 7 to 17.
Tom Gaffney, Warren income tax administrator, said in general, when someone’s account has a balance due and the income-tax department has been unsuccessful in collecting it through various methods, the department turns the account over to collections, especially if the dollar amount is large.
“They get every opportunity to take care of any outstanding liabilities. But if they don’t respond, we have to go to the next level,” he said.
When asked why someone who lives out of the area would be charged Warren income tax, Gaffney said it depends on where the person is “domiciled,” adding that “You can only be domiciled in one home.”
Before 2016, there were several criteria that determined a person’s domicile, Gaffney said: where a person voted, where a person’s car was registered and the address on the person’s driver’s license.
A check with the Trumbull County Board of Elections showed that Manningham began voting in Trumbull County in 2004. His voting records showed him having an Oak Knoll address from that time through June 2015, when he changed it to Stark County, where he now lives.
Manningham was a Parade Magazine All-American his senior year at Harding as a receiver and went on to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines in college. He was drafted in 2008 by the New York Giants. He played four seasons for the Giants, the last one being the 2012 Super Bowl season.
The New York Daily News ranked Manningham’s 38-yard 2012 Super Bowl catch as the fifth-greatest play in New York Giants history. Manningham spent the next two years – 2012 and 2013 – with the San Francisco 49ers but hasn’t played in an NFL game since then.