NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Police raided the home of former Niles mayor Ralph Infante Monday afternoon.
The Ohio State Auditor’s Office, assisted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, conducted the search at the home on North Rhodes Avenue in Niles.
Several boxes of evidence, which appeared to be full of paperwork, were taken out of the home.
Infante said he did not know why the search warrant was executed, and he did not seem concerned about the search. Infante lost November’s general election to now-Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia.
“I don’t know what they’re looking for. There’s nothing there. Campaign papers, and that’s it,” he said.
Police also served a search warrant at a business at 1762 North State St. in Girard, which, according to the Tribune Chronicle, Infante operates.
Ohio Attorney General’s Office Spokeswoman Jill Del Greco declined to confirm why police are raiding the two locations, other than to say that they are in connection with an ongoing investigation.
Carrie Bartunek, with the Auditor of the State’s Office, said only that the search warrant was executed at the Auditor of the State’s request. She said she could not comment on the warrant, as it was sealed.
The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Niles Police Department, Cyber Crimes Unit, IRS and FBI are also involved with the investigation.