Sciortino says he has nothing to hide

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino said he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.

He confirmed Tuesday that agents with Ohio BCI served search warrants Monday at his office, looking for computer equipment.

Sciortino, along with Youngstown Mayor John McNally and lawyer Marty Yavorcik were all indicted in May for their alleged roles in trying to keep the county from buying Oakhill Renaissance Place. The auditor said despite what he calls the “distractions” hanging over his office, he is cooperating with the investigation. 

“We’ll do whatever it takes to give them what they need. And because at the end of the day, once again, I did nothing wrong. And for me to have my day in court, this is part of that,” Sciortino said.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said even though Monday’s search of Sciortino’s office comes just a week before early voting begins in Ohio, politics were not involved.

“These are professional decisions that are being made from a professional law enforcement point of view. It’s certainly not made from any political point of view,” DeWine said.

DeWine, who oversees both the special prosecutors assigned to the Oakhill case, as well as BCI, said he trusts his people to do their jobs.

“The investigation takes on almost its own timetable. In a sense, you do search warrants when it is appropriate,” he said.

But Sciortino disagrees.

“I think timing is everything,” he said.

In the meantime, Sciortino is still waiting for a three-judge panel in Columbus to determine whether he should be suspended from office because of the case. For now, the auditor is hoping voters will ignore what he calls “distractions” hanging over his campaign.

For a list of what was taken during Monday’s search, click here.

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