Informant claims intimidation in Oakhill case


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Someone may have been intimidating an FBI informant in connection to the Oakhill Renaissance case.

State attorneys prosecuting the Oakhill corruption case revealed in a court filing this week new details of an FBI informant being intimidated at the Southern Park Mall and at his home.

According to published reports, the informant was walking at the mall when an unidentified man came up to him and mentioned the Oakhill case saying, “The worst thing in the world is a snitch. I can stand almost anything but a snitch,” before he walked away, saying, “I’ll see you again.”

A week after the confrontation, the informant found a plastic rat placed in the doorway of his home.

The informant was then relocated from the Youngstown area for several days.

This all happened one week before a grand jury indicted Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino and Attorney Martin Yavorcik on 83 criminal charges in the Oakhill case.

The incident surfaced in a court filing by the State of Ohio in response to a request by the defendants to remove a “Counsel Only” designation from the discovery process of the case.

The “Counsel Only” Designation allows discovery materials to be viewed only by defendant’s counsel and state attorneys. The designation is to protect the safety of any potential witnesses. Also, audio recordings in the case contained unfounded allegations regarding several public officials in Mahoning County, according to the filing.

The court previously agreed to amend the “Counsel Only” Designation and allow materials to be viewed by defendants and later anyone else the defendants wanted to show if they submitted a list of who would be viewing the discovery materials. The defendants refused the amended rule.

The issue remains before the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

McNally, Sciortino and Yavorcik have all pleaded not guilty, and no trial date has been set.

The Tribune Chronicle contributed to this report.

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