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Auditor Michael Sciortino Auditor Michael Sciortino
Attorney Martin Yavorcik Attorney Martin Yavorcik
Mayor John McNally Mayor John McNally
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino, and Valley attorney Martin Yavorcik have been booked by authorities in Cuyahoga County after pleading not guilty to corruption charges.

The three appeared in a Cleveland courtroom for arraignment on 83 charges alleging that they took part in a criminal enterprise with an unnamed local businessman in connection with the investigation into the purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Place by the Mahoning County Commissioners.

Yavorcik entered the courtroom smiling and winking at acquaintances.  The three sat on separate benches in the courtroom.

The arraignments were scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., but did not get underway until nearly 9:00 a.m.

Attorneys entered pleas of not guilty for each of the three men.  The only defendant to address the judge was Martin Yavorcik, who pointed out that he was not personally served with a copy of the indictment.

The judge set bond on $15,000 for each of the defendants and set future hearings next month. The three were then processed at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center Complex, which included taking mug shots.

The three allegedly fell under the influence of two unnamed local businessman, and businesswoman who offered them money, services and other benefits.

After the hearing, Mayor McNally said, "It is a fight, or the continuation of a fight to clear my name."

" I'm not guilty. I believe in the justice system.", said Yavorcik. "I want a trial. I want a jury of my peers. And I want all the facts to come out because we've only seen one half of this. This is what they're alleging.  This isn't what's true. You'll see what's true in court."

The case has similarities with an August 2010 indictment by the Mahoning County Grand Jury that handed up criminal conspiracy charges against Sciortino, McNally, who was county commissioner at the time as well as retired millionaire mall developer Anthony Cafaro, Sr., and former Treasurer John Reardon.

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