The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio today held a press conference at the Stark County Office Building in which he laid out a federal information filed against former Chief Deputy Vince Frustaci alleging that Frustaci took $2,264,989.00 from the Stark treasury for his personal use.
Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor (Republican, also a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio) glossed over the apparent reality that had Frustaci not gone on vacation, the theft of treasury funds probably would not have been discovered.
A comment that was pretty much ignored by Dettelback, Ferrero and Taylor was one made by Bethlehem Township resident Tom Marcelli to the effect that Dettelback, Ferrero and Taylor (the persons presenting at the press conference on the Frustaci information) should not be glad-handing one another. Rather they should be lamenting the fact that local officials and Taylor's office (who has a continuing year-to-year presence in the Stark treasury doing "routine" audits) were seven years in catching the loss of taxpayer money.
The SCPR agrees with Marcelli that today was not a day for celebrating. To the credit of Prosecutor John Ferrero, he was the only person who spoke at the press conference who at least, indirectly, acknowledged that government had failed to secure taxpayer money and that the loss of taxpayer trust will take a long time to recover.
Currently, the SCPR is in the process of uploading a video of United States Attorney Steven Dettelbach's comments.
Here is video of U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach: