More details released in Oakhill case

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) — A 140-page bill of particulars was released Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, outlining specific charges against current and former officeholders related to the sale of the Oakhill Renaissance Place.

The document was released by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which is handling the case.

Youngstown Mayor and former Mahoning County Commissioners John McNally, attorney Martin Yavorcik and Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino were indicted last month on charges that include bribery, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and tampering with evidence. The charges relate to their alleged attempt to block the sale of the Oakhill Renaissance Place.

The three faced similar charges six years ago, but they were later dismissed after prosecutors said they were unable to obtain crucial evidence from the FBI. When the new indictment was announced in May,  prosecutors said it was time for a second look at the case.

“There were some issues on evidence that were raised and all the evidence was not available,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

The 140-page document details 83 criminal charges, documenting emails, meetings, handwritten notes and phone conversations. One of the focuses is a transcript from a phone conversation between attorney and one-time Mahoning County Prosecutor candidate Martin Yavorcik and an unnamed witness, where Yavorcik is accused of offering to fix court cases for others involved in the racketeering scandal once he is elected.

McNally faces theft in office and other charges after releasing a confidential document related to the Oakhill purchase to attorneys paid by the Cafaro Corp.

Sciortino is accused of lying in court about having meetings and discussions with executives of the Cafaro Co., not identified by name in the case, related to the Oakhill lawsuit the county faced in 2007.

Yavorcik is accused of accepting bribes, lying on campaign finance reports and hiding money for his campaign. All three men are accused of accepting free legal services paid by a third party and not reporting that to the state.

None of the defendants nor their attorneys were willing to discuss these new developments on Thursday.

The document states that the alleged criminal activity functioned in four counties, including Mahoning, Cuyahoga, Franklin and Geauga. It also states the alleged corruption took place between Jan. 1, 2005 and Jan. 31, 2014.

To read the entire document, click here.

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