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Special prosecutor investigating alleged illegal activities in Niles City Hall

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A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate alleged illegal activity in the City of Niles.

Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan ordered on Tuesday that Senior Assistant Ohio Attorney General Daniel Kasaris be appointed as a special prosecutor.

According to Judge Logan's order, the investigation involves government officials and others allegedly involved in theft in office, tampering with records, falsification and dereliction of duty.

The investigation being conducted by the State Auditor and the Ohio Attorney General began in 2014.

Details of the alleged wrongdoing is included in a petition to the judge, which has been sealed by court order until the investigation is complete.

The appointment of the prosecutor comes just five days after state and federal agencies searched Niles City Hall for documents and records.

Attorney Kasaris is also a prosecutor handling the Oakhill corruption case where Youngstown Mayor John McNally, former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino, and Youngstown attorney Martin Yavorcik face criminal charges.

The three await trial for allegedly conspiring to cover up efforts to stop Mahoning County Commissioners from moving some county offices out of property owned by a Cafaro Company business.

WFMJ.COM asked Ohio Attorney General spokesperson Dan Tierney if the current investigation involves the recent search of Niles City Hall or the Oakhill case.

Tierney says he could not provide any additional comment other than the information included in Judge Logan's order.

Kasaris has the authority to appear before a regular or special session of the Trumbull Grand Jury, or can ask the court to impanel a special grand jury if needed.

He can also ask Judge Logan to appoint Assistant Special Prosecuting Attorneys, investigators or other staff.

The Trumbull County commissioners have been ordered to pay all the expenses of the investigation.

Stay connected with 21 News and the 21 News App for the latest on this developing story.

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