Former County Solicitor Myron Sainovich has vowed to appeal a ruling by Senior Erie County Judge John Bozza that would see him refund Beaver County taxpayers over $44,000 in fees he charged above and beyond his $82,000 salary as the county’s attorney.

Judge Bozza issued a ruling yesterday that Sainovich violated the Pennsylvania County Code when he billed taxpayers to perform jail arbitration work in 2006, even though he was being paid a salary as the county’s solicitor. Bozza ordered Sainovich and his firm to refund that money to taxpayers, along with costs and interest — an amount which could exceed $60,000.

Sainovich was fired as the county solicitor in June 2011 after he refused to pay back the money voluntarily, and scoffed at a call by the Board of Commissioners to resign. Sheriff George David hired Sainovich to serve as his solicitor a short time later. Controller Rossi and the Commissioners filed a lawsuit in October of that year to recoup the public funds.

“We said it all along, it’s against county code,” said Controller Rossi. “He was the county’s solicitor, he should have known the code, he should have known the law, and he should have known you can’t be taking money above and beyond your salary.”

Myron Sainovich has told other news outlets that he will instruct Charles Garbett, who is representing him in the case, to appeal the ruling. Attorneys for the county say Sainovich is just delaying the inevitable.

“For me, it has never been about the person, it has never been about Myron Sainovich,” said Albert Torrence, who serves as Solicitor for Controller Rossi’s Office. “It has been about one of the simplest issues of law I have seen in my 30 years of practice. That’s the god’s honest truth.”

At the heart of the issue, is one sentence from three short paragraphs that define the position of County Solicitor under the Pennsylvania County Code. “He shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, file with the county commissioners an agreement to pay all fees, attorney’s fees, and commissions received from every source as county solicitor into the county treasury,” it reads.

Torrence said that sentence speaks loud and clear, “This is one area of the law where there is just no ambiguity.”

“Now a judge has agreed with us,” said Controller Rossi. “The judge has said [Myron Sainovich] must pay back the money. He needs to pay back the taxpayers now.”

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Rossi’s a fat weasel prick and Torrence is a convicted felon. That is all.

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Al Torrence isn’t ever been convicted of anything he works part time for Rossi part time in DA office too and has private work.

BUT one of Sheriff Davids attorney John Havey HE a felon and was in federal prison.

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@Lies: Since you mentioned John Havey — although he is not a direct part of this story, but a member of the cast, ZoomInfo is a good source for John Havey’s background: http://www.zoominfo.com/p/John-Havey/214379117

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Torrence violated FEDERAL procurement regulations. Did he repay the money, John Paul?

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MYRON AND GEORGIE ARE JUST LEECHES SUCKING THE BLOOD OUT OF BEAVER COUNTY AND THEY NEED TO GO! :veryangry:

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@SD 1120 I have to concur with the other commenter, Torrance is pretty no no sense lawyer I Ann aware of grey area with real estate deals that some not always rambles but it was proven he broke no laws and as a prosecutor fir the district attorney he had done great job actually he handles Beaver school district and I know first hand I live in the district and my children attend for years.

But what I find odd is sainovich also shares office with John Havey in aliquippa with his name on sign represents the sheriff in some hearings and is the felon yes PROVEN CONVICTED FELON SERVED TIME

go figure these guys would be together, birds of a feather ehh

Other hand seems like for years that Rossi goes after what’s right despite the naysayers, I have to say great job finally someone that does right not just once in awhile
my problem with Rossi is he should be a republican not that they are all angels but look out for tax payers more than those democrats.

Bottom line myron was wrong from beginning note a judge not from area ruled he was simple and seems like this has been going on for years with him, he hurt aliquippa back in the day burned western beaver

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RAVEN FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION THAT if you do good search on internet and post gazette you can find even more about other conflicts he had abd with his brother also which is even more funnier and sad is when ever Havey got banged myron took over or some how was around almost like a curse like they where together on things but like he may have helped screw him and his brother hmmmmmmmmm

but onto MYRON STEALINBITCH , please someone tell me how he practices law Google his ads and dig I just checked search engine on post gazette to refresh memory of things and found one to my surprise he got booted in Moon after his firm tried to represent wrestler curt angle on stalking drug and Dui while they represented the township and police wait what didn’t that happen in quip toooooo and cost them 50k? check out kunselman opinion yes president judge ruling on him that’s just a few, why and how is he allowed to still represent clients

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If Myron was more careful about going to movies at Cinemax on County Time, he should have gone to Market District not Monaca, but he tried to save money on gas no doubt.

The Towcimak Regime is near its end, and the County will be better off when they are all gone, including Vince Lavalle.