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Oakhill Corruption Case: The suspects

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A state investigation paints a picture of alleged racketeering, corruption and bribery involving Mahoning County politicians and a valley businessman.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino, and former candidate for county prosecutor Martin Yavorcik, are scheduled to be arraigned May 29th on 83 charges for allegedly taking part in a criminal enterprise with an unnamed local businessman.

The case is similar to an investigation from 2010, where all three, and now retired mall developer Anthony Cafaro, Senior, were accused of conspiring with several of Mahoning County's elected officials to move county offices out of the Cafaro-owned Garland Plaza, and subsequently block the county's purchase of the Oakhill building. Those charges were dismissed.

The latest 67-page indictment centers around a person investigators call businessman 1, who in 2008, allegedly arranged for the payment of $120,000 to bribe Martin Yavorcik, who was then a candidate for Prosecutor.

In return, businessman 1 and others would not be prosecuted or investigated for their conduct related to the Oakhill battle.

Investigators say McNally's alleged crimes took place when he was still a Mahoning County Commissioner.

They say McNally was bribed by accepting free legal services from businessman 1, and that McNally lied 9 times under oath during a deposition for a lawsuit filed by Cafaro.

McNally is also accused of assisting in bribing Yavorcik.

According to the indictment, several charges are based on allegations that McNally leaked to a Cleveland law firm, Mahoning County's confidential offer to purchase Oakhill.

The government says McNally's action came at the "detriment of Mahoning County and the benefit of businessman 1."

Auditor Sciortino's part in the alleged scheme included allegations that he helped to bribe Yavorcik, who was being groomed as a future county prosecutor.

Sciortino is also accused of lying under oath 6 times, including cases that involved the purchase of Oakhill.

Investigators say Sciortino failed to report the alleged bribes as income or gifts on campaign finance reports.

Prosecutors say attorney Yavorcik also took bribes during his bid for prosecutor, and failed to list income on his campaign reports at least 17 times. Yavorcik, who lost the election, is also accused of promising to fix court cases in Mahoning County.

Although businessman 1 is not charged, the indictment is full of his alleged part in the criminal enterprise by allegedly bribing other elected officials.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says that the investigation is not over.

You can read the indictment here.

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