Ex-Mahoning treasurer sentenced

Ex-Mahoning County Treasurer Lisa Antonini is going to prison for five months.

Antonini at her sentencing for mail fraud Wednesday in federal court in Akron also was given five months of house arrest and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine by District Court Judge Sara Lioi, who is recommending Antonini’s prison time be served in the closest facility to Youngstown. She won’t report for prison until after Jan. 1.

Antonini pleaded guilty in 2011 to the mail fraud charge, which relates to her mailing a misleading campaign finance report, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in other cases that local, state and federal authorities were pursuing in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mike Tobin, declined to say if Antonini has been cooperative and in which cases.

The May 2011 charges said Antonini failed to disclose a $3,000 gift from an unnamed area businessman and she accepted the money in exchange for supporting the businessman’s interests and would ”take official action on his behalf if the opportunities arose.”

On the same day she accepted the gift, the charges say she reported a $200 check on her campaign finance report from the same businessman. Campaign contributions records show that Anthony M. Cafaro, the former president of the Cafaro Co., was the only donor to give Antonini a $200 check that day. Cafaro has not been charged with any crimes relating to campaign gifts.

She resigned as treasurer the same day she was charged, May 17, 2011. Antonini also served for a period as chairwoman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.