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Mayfield Hts Mayor Costabile charged with two misdemeanors

1:55 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Mayfield Heights Mayor Greg Costabile was charged in Fanklin County Municipal Court Friday morning with two misdemeanor counts of failing to publicly disclose financial information to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

Mayfield Heights Law Director Leonard Carr told WKYC Jan. 17 that Costabile, 46, an attorney, had been under investigation for two years.

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Carr said Costabile, who has been mayor for seven years, resigned as part of a plea agreement with Cuyahoga County prosecutors.

The investigation had been underway for two years as to why Costabile did not publicly reveal the amount of money he received from two businesses doing business with the City of Mayfield Heights.

That disclosure is required by elected officials under the state's ethics laws.

Costabile is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 before Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert. He has already entered a plea agreement with Cuyahoga County prosecutors to plead guilty to two misdemeanors.

The Ohio Ethics Commission is under the jurisdiction of the Franklin County court.

The criminal complaint forms filed in Franklin County Municipal Court saw Costabile failed to disclose income of $15,000 he received from Seagull Development in 2010, a gas drilling company that does business with the city. The $15,000 was three times more than his neighbors received for drilling rights on their properties.

The other complaint form showed he failed to disclose income from developer Hidden Woods LLC in 2005 in the amount of $100,000, for the sale of a portion of his property on Ridgebury Boulevard. That company also does business with the city.  

On Jan. 17, Costabile announced he was resigning, effective Feb. 1, to spend more time with his family and tend to his law practice.

Costabile did not return a request for comment.

WKYC-TV

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