By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A county auditor in northeast Ohio already charged in an ongoing corruption case has pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen additional charges including theft in office and unauthorized use of property.

Former Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino (shor-TEE’-noh) on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of unauthorized use of computer or telecommunications property and four counts of theft in office.

An indictment alleges Sciortino used government-owned computers and equipment for his political campaigns and for his private law practice.

Sciortino had already been charged with 22 criminal counts in a separate case for allegedly trying to help a businessman prevent county commissioners from moving county offices out of a building owned by the businessman’s company. He has denied the charges.

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