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Tsagaris' probation violation not a surprise

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published December 5, 2009

James G. Tsagaris, the corrupt former commissioner of Trumbull County, can be forgiven for thinking that the federal court-ordered electronic monitoring of his probation was nothing more than a legal formality. After all, Tsagaris received a tap on the wrist from U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi after he pleaded guilty to using his public position for personal gain.
Judge Lioi, who said there was a quid pro quo for the $36,551 “loan” the commissioner received in 2004 from a local businessman, placed Tsagaris under house arrest and three years’ probation and fined him $4,000.
Not long after the man who tugged at the judge’s heartstrings by claiming health problems was sent home, there were sightings of Tsagaris at places he wasn’t permitted to be in, such as the McDonald’s Restaurant in Warren.
This writer received several calls regarding Tsagaris’ regularly having coffee with a group of friends. Under the terms of his probation, he is only permitted to leave his house to go to the doctor’s office, to church and to work.
But after he spit the hook on a prison sentence, the ex commissioner who never repaid the $36,551 and wasn’t required to by the local businessman, obviously believed that the feds would not be offended by his socializing.
But they were, and at 10 a.m. Thursday, Tsagaris will be in federal court in Akron before Judge Lioi for a probation-violation hearing.
This will be a test of the commitment of federal prosecutors and the federal judiciary to end government corruption in the Mahoning Valley.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

What was surprising was the fact that Tsagaris got twice as much money as Cronin did . Even in bribery AKA loan there is no equality .

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2Mike(13 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

I think it sucks that the name of the "local businessman" was withheld in this case! For what reason? Perhaps the shadowy, "local businessman" had a relative seeking office??

Why in the heck would the name be withheld??

The Mahoning Valley is a trip.

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3MVP(67 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Stan, try to come up with original material. I posted the gender inequality comment a couple of days ago.lol

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago


I'm keeping the fact of gender inequality in the public view . Many don't mind that Maureen got the bucks but become inflamed that Tsagaris got twice as much with no jail time . We should start a free Maureen campaign ( in the interest of equality ) and raise ten bucks to put in escrow for a gallon of Muscatel Wine for her to celebrate upon her release .

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Why hasn't Cafaro been arrested for attemtping to bribe a judge and a county commissioner? How could anyone support Capri in the valley for the state senate knowing she is tied to criminal activity?

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6Mike(13 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Simple answer to that UF. The valley has not changed one bit.

P.S. Including it's union attitude!

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7Heard_it_all_before(62 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

The arrogance that Tsagaris has always displayed is topped only by his "ethical disorientation" and his total lack of a moral compass. Since he first ran for commissioner, it has been one crooked move after another and he has faced very little inconvenience for his blatant criminal behavior.

The judge listened to his claptrap and gave him a light sentence, only to have Tsagaris thumb his nose (again) at the justice system. This violation should net him some real time and send the message loud and clear that we are tired of criminal behavior going unpunished when the crook is a public official. Cases like this demean the work of those public officials who are not corrupt by tarring them all with the same brush. It will be interesting to see if he gets what he deserves this time.

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8anothermike(226 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

If you are at McDonalds {North Rd.} on Saturdays around 9am and don't see Jimmy there with his pals; check again, you might be at the wrong McDonalds.......no need to be a federal agent to know that one. Don't assume that the "loan" came from the Eastwood Mall folks, there are a few others who could also be the big contributor.

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9TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

JJ escaped last time when he bribed Jimbo. The feds gave him a slap on the wrist.

Think of it this way JJ is doing us all a favor by pointing out thev crooks.


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