Former Youngstown officials indicted

Ex-mayor, ex-finance director accused of public corruption

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s ex-mayor and-finance director, and a well-known Youngstown developer, were indicted on public corruption charges Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury.

The indictment, according to news releases from Ohio’s Attorney General’s and Auditor’s offices, states the charges against Charles Sammarone, David Bozanich and Dominic Marchionda are “part of an ongoing public corruption probe of corrupt activity” that includes Marchionda, who already faced public corruption charges.

Sammarone, former mayor and president of city council, faces one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and falsification, nine counts of bribery and three counts of tampering with records.

Bozanich, the city’s ex-finance director, faces one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and obstructing justice, two counts aggravated theft and 15 counts of bribery.

Thursday’s indictment also serves as a superseding indictment against Marchionda, 58, of Poland, and his affiliated businesses that were indicted in October 2017 on charges that include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated theft, money laundering, receiving stolen property, tampering with records and telecommunications fraud.

The new indictment includes other charges of theft in connection to insurance funds for the Legal Arts building and money laundering in connection to laundering the stolen insurance funds, according to the news release.

Telephone numbers available for Sammarone for comment were not in service. A message was left on a number available for Bozanich seeking comment, and another number did not have voicemail. A message for Marchionda was left on one available number, while another was not in service.

According to the release, Sammarone, 75, of Youngstown, who was mayor from 2011 to 2013, is accused of asking for and receiving cash from a vendor in return for steering projects to that company.

Bozanich, 61, also of Youngstown, is accused of receiving benefits from several people in return for agreeing to help secure public funding from the city for economic development projects, including those belonging to Marchionda, the release states.