Ex-Warren auditor released from prison

WARREN — Former City Auditor Anthony J. Natale was released Friday from RRM Cincinnati, a residential re-entry management program, according to a spokesman for RRM.

A bureau of prisons website had Natale scheduled to be released today, but the RRM spokesman said he was freed Friday because of the holiday weekend.

Natale, 38, now will begin a three-year parole period. He was sentenced to one year and a day in prison on Oct. 30, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson after he pleaded guilty to the felony charge of conveying false information related to use of a weapon of mass destruction when he appeared before her in June 2016.

Natale pleaded guilty to mailing a white powder to his former employer, American Business Center in Boardman, after he was fired in 2014.

He was elected Warren auditor in November 2015, beginning his term in January 2016. He pleaded guilty to the indictment in June 2016, immediately resigning his office.

Former Warren Councilman Vincent Flask was chosen to replace Natale.