September 1, 2014

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State says Lorain auditor isn’t being investigated

LORAIN — A day after Mayor Tony Krasienko said the state Auditor’s Office is investigating Lorain Auditor Ronald Mantini, an office spokesman denied it. Krasienko accused Mantini of tampering with documents for repair payments at The Pipe Yard.

Krasienko

Krasienko

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Mantini

“We are aware of it (the accusations), but there is no investigation,” Kevin Holtsberry, an office spokesman, said Wednesday. “There has been no formal request for an investigation.”

Holtsberry contradicted Krasienko, who on Tuesday said he’d requested an investigation and one was under way. Krasienko, who didn’t return a request for comment Wednesday, was previously rebuffed by Law Director Pat Riley, whom he had asked at a July 18 Council meeting to investigate Mantini.

Krasienko accused Mantini of changing account numbers on purchase orders for Pipe Yard repair payments after the Council on May 16 defunded economic development money being used for the repairs.

Krasienko said Mantini should’ve informed the Council that they couldn’t defund the money because the repairs had been done and then tried to cover it up by altering documents.

Mantini — who has provided a host of documents to Council and The Chronicle-Telegram in response to the accusations — said the accusations are political retribution for his support of Chase Ritenauer, who defeated Krasienko in the May Democratic primary.

Mantini, who spoke with an office representative about the matter on July 5, said he’d fully cooperate if an investigation is launched.

Krasienko has until the end of today to veto a resolution passed by Council on July 25 approving money for the payments.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.