CLEVELAND (AP) — The three defendants in a northeastern Ohio corruption case have pleaded not guilty and have been ordered not to leave the state without the court’s permission.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally and Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino (shor-TEE’-no) were indicted in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County on charges that include racketeering and bribery. Unsuccessful Mahoning County prosecutor candidate Martin Yavorcik (ya-VOR’-sik) faces many of the same charges.
The allegations concerning McNally stem from his time as a Mahoning County commissioner.
A judge set $15,000 bonds for all three Thursday.
The men are accused of working with a Youngstown businessman to prevent Mahoning County from moving county offices to another site.
Attorneys for the men said they’re confident their clients will be cleared of all charges.