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Ashtabula Ward 3 Council member charged with two felonies


Reginald Holman charged with falsified his residency status while seeking council seat in 2017

JEFFERSON_On February 14, 2018, criminal charges were filed in Ashtabula County Court – Eastern Area Division against Ashtabula City Councilman Reginald M. Holman on the following fifth-degree felony charges: election falsification, and falsification of petition.

The charges stem from the February 16, 2017 submission and filing of “Declaration of Candidacy” petitions with the Ashtabula County Board of Elections by Holman. Holman sought candidacy for the position of Ward 3 Councilman at the time of the filing of the petitions, and was ultimately elected to such position in the November 2017 general election. The charges allege that Holman’s voting residence address of 1123 West 43rd Street, Ashtabula, Ohio, as declared by Holman in the petitions, is false.

As a result of a lengthy investigation by the Ashtabula Police Department, substantial evidence exists to demonstrate that Holman was not residing at 1123 West 43rd Street, Ashtabula, Ohio at the time of filing of the subject petitions, and does not currently reside there.

As of the date of this press release, no arraignment date has been scheduled. A summons has been issued for Mr. Holman to appear at the arraignment hearing.

According to Ashtabula Municipal Court records, on Feb. 27, 2017, Holman was cited for dogs at large and his address was recorded as 3559 Austinburg Road, listed on the county auditor’s website as belonging to Holman’s parents Adam and Betty. Police conducted a search warrant at that location Friday — but the affidavit used to obtain the warrant was sealed and not made public.
The criminal charges against Holman were filed in Ashtabula County Court’s Eastern Area Division and, as of Wednesday afternoon, no arraignment date had been scheduled. According to Iarocci’s release, a summons was issued for Holman to appear at an arraignment hearing.
Holman was already facing scrutiny because of a failed November drug test, saying at the Feb. 5 council meeting he would seek treatment but did not intend to resign — despite multiple calls for him to step down from fellow council members.
Holman is also being investigated in connection to the potential theft of $260,000 from a vacant West Avenue home across the street from the 1123 W. 43rd St. location, owned by his parents Adam and Betty Holman.
In December, police searched 1123 W. 43rd St. — where Reginald Holman said he lives in an apartment and his mother runs a beauty shop — in connection to the potential $260,000 theft.

Police have said they believe Ashtabula housing inspector John Artuso found $260,000 Dec. 13 in the vacant West Avenue home.
Police searched Artuso’s house in December and found an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police did not find money when they searched 1123 W. 43rd St. the same day in December.
No arrests have been made in connection to the theft at this time.

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