Grand jury report details charges against Sciortino

Mike Sciortino

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – WYTV 33 News has obtained the report detailing accusations of theft in office and improper use of county computers against former Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino Thursday.

Before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court officials released the document, an Ohio attorney general’s office spokesperson confirmed that Sciortino would be charged with four counts of theft in office and 21 counts of the unauthorized use of computer or telecommunications property.

The charges are related to a search and seizure of computers from Sciortino’s office in September.

The spokesperson said that Sciortino was using county computers for campaign and personal use.

Sciortino, reached by phone Thursday afternoon, said he had not seen the indictment and had no comment.

Current Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meacham said that he wants to change the attitude surrounding his office.

“There’s no question there’s a question of trust,” Meacham said. “We are the first county, Mahoning, to get into Ohio Open Checkbook. And there’s a reason I pushed so hard for that. We’ll be able to see all the invoices written by Mahoning County going back as many years as we can load on there.”

A Cuyahoga County grand jury also indicted Sciortino on May 14, 2014, charging him with a first-degree felony of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity in connection with the purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.

In that indictment, the grand jury also charged Youngstown Mayor John McNally and Youngstown-area lawyer Martin Yavorcik on the same charge.

Meacham defeated Sciortino for the county auditor’s seat in November’s election. In late February, three judges appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court decided to suspend Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino from his position. Meacham took over the position shortly thereafter.

He said he has been cooperating with the investigation into Sciortino.

“After the election, I reached out to Attorney General Mike DeWine and said please let me know what I am walking into. Mr. DeWine put me in touch with his local lieutenant and the BCI so we have been talking for several months. And as a matter of fact, they waited for me to take office so that they could come in and question some of the people in the auditor’s office,” Meacham said.

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