Sciortino appears in court

former mahoning county auditor michael sciortino appears in court

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino appeared in court Tuesday morning to be arraigned on 25 new charges against him.

The new charges accuse Sciortino of using public computers for political campaigns and fundraising, and for his private law practice. Sciortino declined to comment when approached by WKBN reporter Gerry Ricciutti Tuesday.

Sciortino, who entered a not-guilty plea, made an appearance at the county jail for booking and processing, then posted bond and left about an hour later.

The charges, all felonies, are unrelated to the political corruption charges Sciortino already faces in connection to the county’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance place. However, the new charges are a product of that investigation.

Sciortino was removed from office in February because of his earlier indictment in connection with the Oakhill Renaissance purchasing investigation. Attorney General Mike DeWine pushed for the suspension, saying the Oakhill charges related to Sciortino’s time in office.

Sciortino’s trial is set for August, while the Oakhill trial is to be heard in Cleveland next March.

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