Marchionda and Bozanich Plead Guilty at Hearing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Poland businessman Dominic Marchionda and David Bozanich, former city finance director, pleaded guilty to reduced counts during a scheduled hearing before Judge Maureen Sweeney Friday morning, bringing to an end a two-year corruption investigation.

Marchionda pleaded guilty to four counts of tampering with records, a third-degree felony. The deal calls for Marchionda to remove himself from management responsibilities from NYO Property Group.

Sweeney advised Marchionda of a possible sentencing of 36 months on each count.

Bozanich pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful compensation of a public servant – a misdemeanor – one county of bribery and one count of tampering with records. The charges of bribery and tampering with evidence are third-degree felonies that could bring a sentence of anywhere from nine to 36 months.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Marchionda and Bozanich faced charges in a 101-count indictment handed down in 2018. 

The state said that Bozanich accepted bribes from local businessmen in exchange for city incentives supporting their development projects or business.  Marchionda was accused of spending public money that was earmarked for several development projects for his personal gain. His plea deal acknowledged just records tampering.

In March, former Youngstown mayor Charles Sammarone, who was initially charged alongside the two defendants in the indictment, pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with records. 

He was sentenced to five years probation and 30 days of supervised community service. 

Bozanich and Marchionda were to be tried together starting on June 1, but in April Judge Sweeney ordered the trials separated.  

The uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic then forced the court to postpone both trials. 

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Pictured: Pictured: Dominic Marchionda in the courtroom on May 27.

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