Corruption charges filed against Youngstown Mayor, Mahoning County Auditor, local attorney

Indictments allege criminal conspiracy

CLEVELAND - Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally,  Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino and local attorney Martin Yavorcik have been indicted on criminal corruption charges.

The indictments were announced  in a joint news conference Wednesday by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, whose office served as special prosecutor in the case, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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DeWine’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the criminal probe along with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

McNally, Sciortino and Yavorcik  have been charged with criminal conspiracy charges in connection with the investigation.

McNally were charged in a 34-count indictment that includes engaging in corrupt activity, conspiracy, bribery and theft in offices.

Sciortino faces 23-counts involving in corrupt activity, conspiracy and bribery.

Yavorcik faces 27-counts including tampering with records, bribery and money laundering.

McNally served as Mahoning County Commissioner from 2005 to 2012 and won the General Election to serve as Mayor of Youngstown on Nov. 3, 2013.

He is a 1991 graduate of Georgetown University and received a Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Administration in 1996 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Levin College of Urban Affairs.

He served as an Assistant Law Director for the City of Youngstown from 1998 through 2002 and Law Director from 2002 to 2004.

Sciortino was elected to his first full term of office as Mahoning County Auditor in November, 2006.

Prior to that, Sciortino served as Director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Director from 1996—1999.

Sciortino graduated from Youngstown State University and hold a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

The indictments are associated with alleged illegal activity involving Mahoning County's purchase of what is known locally as the Oakhill building in the years January 2005 and July 2009.

The allegations involving McNally are related to activities while serving as a county commissioner.

A previous indictment against McNally and Sciortino was dismissed without prejudice in August, 2010, with the option of refiling charges at a later date.

 

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