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Former Mahoning County Treasurer to report to prison in January

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AKRON, Ohio - A former Mahoning County Treasurer and County Democratic Party Chairperson has been sentenced today for failing to report money she received from a local businessman during her 2008 campaign.

Lisa Antonini appeared before a judge in U.S. District Court in Akron on Wednesday where she was sentenced to five months in prison, followed by five months home confinement.

Antonini entered a plea agreement in June 2011 that required her to cooperate with any investigations being conducted by federal prosecutors.During her sentencing, a tearful Antonini told the  judge, "I let myself, my family, and the community down. I was afforded a great opportunity and I blew it. I am sorry and hope in some way, standing here and trying to cooperate makes amends for wrongs I have done".
 
Prosecutors recommended a reduction in sentence for what they called significant cooperation before and after her plea.
 
The U.S. Attorney's office has not revealed if any of Antonini's information has resulted in charges being filed in other cases.
 
The judge also fined the former treasurer $2,000 and ordered her to perform 150 hours community service.
 
Antonini has asked to serve her sentence at a federal prison near Youngstown when she reports in early January.

Antonini resigned from the treasurer's post five years ago after news broke that she faced a federal charge filed by the U.S. Attorneys office.

The government said that while serving as a Mahoning County Treasurer and Chairwoman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, Antonini accepted $3,000 cash from an area businessman. The businessman was not named by the government.

 

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