YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted an Ohio judge accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a former client.
A U.S. attorney in Ohio's northern district alleges Mahoning County Judge Diane Vettori-Caraballo stole cash from the home of a former client, Dolores Falgiani, after Falgiani's death in March 2016.
The 50-year-old Vettori-Caraballo is charged with one count of mail fraud, one count of structuring cash deposits and one count of making false statements to law enforcement. She and her husband are also charged with filing a false tax return.
Vettori-Caraballo told FBI agents the money came from her husband's retirement account and claimed she hadn't "received a nickel" from Falgiani's estate.
The judge was first elected in 2002. Vettori-Caraballo isn't allowed to hear cases while charges against her are pending.