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Sandusky Mall owners tied to new corruption scandal

Tom Jackson • May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced yesterday that he and Cuyagoga County's prosecutor, Timothy J. McGinty, have obtained grand jury public corruption indictments against Youngstown's mayor, John McNally, Mahoning County auditor Michael Sciortino and a Youngstown attorney, Martin Yavorcik. McNally is a former commissioner and he and Sciortino are both Democrats.

The press release from DeWine gives only a long list of charges and doesn't provide much background on the case, but an article by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's John Caniglia does a good job of explaining the case. Caniglia's piece says the new indictments stem from an earlier case in which the two officials and others tried to block the county's Department of Job and Family Services from moving from space it rented from the Cafaro Company to a county-owned building.

The Cafaro Company owns Sandusky Mall and Perkins Plaza in Perkins Township. Capri Cafaro is a Democratic state senator from Hubbard, which is near Youngstown. 

Caniglia's article has this interesting paragraph: "The indictment indicates the case centered on a taxpayer lawsuit brought by Cafaro's Ohio Valley Mall Co. against the Mahoning County commissioners. The suit challenged the county's decision to buy the property, according to court records. The indictment filed Wednesday accuses McNally and Sciortino of making false statements in the case."

DeWine's office has posted a copy of the indictment.

The Youngtown Vindicator's David Skolnick has a long story about the case that also gives background on how the Cafaro Company is tied to the indictment. 

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