Cafaro Company named in corruption case evidence

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local developer has been publicly named in the case against Youngstown’s mayor and the Mahoning County auditor.

Prosecutors turned over evidence in a corruption case against Youngstown Mayor John McNally Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino, and local attorney Marty Yavorcik officially linking the Cafaro Company to the case.

In May, prosecutors in Cleveland were not willing to reveal exactly what made their version of the Oakhill corruption case different than the one filed and dismissed three years. However, documents filed this week indicate prosecutors have obtained recorded conversations and phone calls as part of their case. Also included in their partial discovery were documents naming the Cafaro Company and Ohio Valley mall as well as law firms of Ulmer and Berne and Squires Sanders, Dempsey.

The list of evidence names Ulmer and Berne as the offices where John McNally is accused of faxing the county’s confidential offer to buy what is now Oakhill Renaissance Place. The law firm worked for the Cafaro Company and was helping the developer to stop county offices from being moved from a Cafaro owned building in Youngstown. McNally declined to comment on the case.

“I’m not going to talk about the issues of this case in public. We will talk about it, unfortunately, through lawyers and pleadings and motions as we go down the road,” McNally said.

McNally was a county commissioner at the time of the Oakhill purchase.

The evidence turned over this week also includes more than 500 hours of audio recordings made by two confidential informants to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A pretrial in the case is scheduled for September.

To view the court documents, click the corresponding link below:


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