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Mayfield Heights mayor faces charges by ethics commission
News comes after Greg Costabile abruptly resigned last week on the heels of a 2-year ethics investigation. 

by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
and AKILAH PORTER


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Kabir Bhatia
 
Former Mayor of Mayfield Heights Greg Costabile
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Mayfield Heights Mayor Greg Costabile is facing charges today in Franklin County court that he made false statements to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The news comes after Costabile abruptly resigned last week to spend more time with his family, on the heels of a two-year ethics investigation. 

Ethics Commission Executive Director Paul Nick says Costabile’s failure to disclose his financial statements is the reason for the complaint.

Mayfield Heights Mayor charged by ethics commission

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"Public officials in Ohio are required to file annual disclosure statements with the Ohio Ethics Commission identifying areas that could be potential conflicts of interests for them, for example, sources of income, names of family members, the identification of sources of gifts that they receive over $75, investments, creditors, debtors, things of nature."

Mayfield Heights Law Director Leonard Carr said the investigation was tied to the signing bonus from a drilling deal with Seagull Development, which does business with the city. 

Another issue was a reported $100,000 deal with a real-estate developer.

Carr said the deals themselves were not the problem, just what Costabile did or did not report on his ethics disclosure form. 

Costabile served as mayor and safety director for seven years, and will be replaced by Council President Anthony DiCicco.
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