Fri., 8:28am: Former Mahoning treasurer guilty of election falsification

COLUMBUS Former Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon admitted to falsifying election documents during his run as a Democratic candidate for state auditor.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Reardon pleaded guilty this week to two misdemeanor charges of election falsification. Prosecutors said he listed false loans from his supporters to improve the image of his campaign coffers in 2006.

He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Reardon repeatedly denied wrongdoing in multiple interviews with FBI investigators. In court he said he believed at the time that his reports were filed properly but now accepts responsibility for what he called a “mistake.”

Reardon eventually dropped out of the race and received $50,000 from the state party.