Marchionda Drops Subpoena Fight with Auditor
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Attorneys for developer Dominic Marchionda have dropped their fight against subpoenas issued by the state auditor’s office seeking financial records related to grants it received from the city.
Last year attorneys for Ohio Auditor David Yost subpoenaed Marchionda and three corporate entities – Erie Terminal Place LLC, US Campus suites and Wick Properties LLC – for records related to how they spent more than $1.7 million in water and wastewater grants funds provided by the city. In response, attorney Michael J. McGee filed a complaint to quash the subpoenas. (READ STORY.)
On Feb. 11, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Lou D’Apolito issued a judgment entry dismissing the matter without prejudice upon motion of the plaintiffs.
“What’s been going on is we have been able to meet and we have continuing discussions with the auditor with an eye toward cooperating with the auditor’s request,” said Denise Glinatsis Bayer, one of two attorneys – along with Damian Billak — now representing Marchionda. A review of the records the auditor requested is underway, she said.
McGee, who like Bayer is with Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd. in Youngstown, is no longer handling the case, Bayer said.
Brittany Halpin, press secretary for the auditor’s office, said she could not provide information regarding the discussions or discuss why the auditor’s office sought the records.
McGee, in his earlier filing, charged that the auditor was vague in its subpoenas.
How soon Marchionda and his business entities are able to fully comply with the auditor’s records request is contingent on the continuing discussions, Bayer said. “We do want to cooperate with the auditor so there’s not really a timetable,” she said. “There’s a lot of documentation to review.”
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