YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a judge in northeast Ohio accused of stealing at least $96,200 from a former client has been charged in federal court.
Federal authorities say Judge Diane Vettori-Caraballo been charged with counts including fraud and making false statements to law enforcement. She presides over a Mahoning County court in Sebring.
Court documents allege she stole cash that was in a client’s home when that client died in 2016.
The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday disqualified her from acting as a judge while the case continues. A statement by county court officials say the charges pertain to alleged actions taken in her private law practice.
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Messages could not be left at her office Wednesday. No public home telephone listing could be found.
Court records don’t show an attorney for Vettori-Caraballo.