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Ex-judge Cronin faces federal fraud counts for 'loans'

Published: Thu, December 3, 2009 @ 12:42 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Maureen Cronin, a former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge, faces two federal criminal counts related to her taking an $18,000 “loan” from an unnamed “senior executive of a business with multiple cases pending before” her and concealing it.

A bill of information was filed today in federal court against Cronin, who resigned in July 2007 after 13 years on the bench and after two convictions of operating a vehicle while impaired. A bill of information typically means a person accused of crimes is cooperating with authorities and will plead guilty.

The bill states that Cronin took a no-interest “loan,” with no payment schedule and no collateral in cash in the back seat of the unnamed executive’s car.

“After obtaining the ‘loan’ Cronin continued to preside as a common pleas judge over pending and newly filed cases involving the senior business executive’s company and its affiliated companies without disclosure or recusal,” the bill states.

Cronin is charged with two counts of “honest services mail fraud.” The charges stem from her failure to disclose the loan, and for concealing it by filing false annual state financial disclosure statements for 2006 and 2007, “thereby not disclosing her self-enrichment and conflicts of interest while service as a common pleas judge,” the bill states.

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1TeresaB(82 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

There is just a bit of sweet justice in seeing this hippo-critical &*$#$#* nailed to the wall, AGAIN>

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2vinglass(287 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Do you think they'll ever say who the "businessman" is who bribed her. Or for that matter, who the "businessman" was who bribed Tsagaris??

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3harleydog(243 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I have sat in her Courtroom and listened to her talk to people like they were the scum of the earth. She deserves everything that she gets. Will she permanently lose her law license??? Will she get any jail time???? I doubt it. I hope she is on the receiving end of a judge who talks to her like she talked to the people in her Court. Who is the businessman and will that person be charged with anything????

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4fedupinytown(2 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The article didn't say it was a man. It said "senior executive of a business with multiple cases pending." The multiple cases pending thing could narrow it down a little. Anyone care to take a guess?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

During days gone by Maureen kicked an abortion protester as he lay on the floor in her courtroom . She has no principles and has no soul .

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6TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Anyone with half a brain would be able to figure out it's probably the same person Tsagaris was given cash to and he can't seem to remember the name.
then of course there was Jimbo, who was riding around Youngstown State University. and he was handed cash in an envelope in a chauffeur driven vehicle,

Seems there's what the police call an M.O. while somebody riding around in a car being handed. an envelope full of cash

1. Jimbo getting an envelope full of cash

2. Tsagaris got an envelope.he said he forgot from who

3. Cronin doesn't name the local business man???

She said she got the money in the backseat of the car. Wonder what else is going on in the backseat??



We used to have a couple of active citizens groups like the Citizens League or the Accountability Tax Force. but those were labeled as Nattering Nabobs of Negativity BY THE VINDICATOR so Vindicator stand up and do your damn job.

P.S Three subpoenas have been issued to the County Auditor, County Treasurer., and one Commissioner, where is the outcry from the Vindy to have the judges come down on these corrupt officials

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7TheLizardKing(6 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I do remember, before we had a SOCIALIST government that people were INNOCENT until proven guilty. I am so proud to see all of you socialists passing your guilty verdict prior to any trials!! Mo Cronin is and was a good person. Let this work it's way through the system before you start throwing stones!

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8gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago


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9candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Would tax credits for fraud help Youngstown?

If fraud creates jobs, imagine what a tax credit for fraud would do to stimulate the local economy!

Jobs for Bagman,Senior V.P. Control of Contracting,Avenging Manipulator,Fedora Hat Makers..etc


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10Valleyvoter(21 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

It was a member of the family who owns a large shopping complex in Trumbull County that gave Cronin the money. They had a case in the courts at that time and were determined to win. It was also the the same ones who bribed Tsagaris, who conveniently developed early onset dementia and couldn't recall who did it, though the dementia doesn't seem to affect his current career of selling home security systems.

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11vinglass(287 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Valleyvoter, I think you nailed it! Same family who bribed Jimbo. Here comes another slap on the wrist......

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

TheLizardKing :

"Mo Cronin is and was a good person. "

Yea , corruption is good . Federal fraud charges are bad . So, Maureen has been victimized ?

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13saddad(648 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

The comments made here by those with first hand knowledge of the goings on in the judges courtroom and the prior record illustrate the fact that, like so many women her age, the judge was completely freakin nuts her last few years on the bench.

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14saddad(648 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Geromajor-I think the reason for the delay is that they often wait until the canary has finished singing.

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15vinglass(287 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Aren't the people who are doing the bribing just as guilty? Will any charges be brought against these "businessmen"?? Or are they so rich and powerful that they are immune to our justice system?

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16Silence_Dogood(1603 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I have no idea who the unnamed Business Man/Woman is or what company he/she works for but the part about handing out money in the back of a car sure sounds familiar, What federal court case about a Congressman I think had money passing back and forth in the back of a car .Boy I just can't remember, but I will try and take a few guesses.
1) Cafaro
2) Cafaro
3) Cafaro
4) Cafaro
5) Cafaro
6) Bunny the big Ear
7) Wally the Walrus
8) Sammy the Snake
9) Paully the Panda
10) Jimmy the Jabberwocky

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17starofesther(168 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

first one without sin cast the first stone

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18apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

I'll cast star. I've never broken the law, never drove drunk, and never bribed or accepted a bribe.

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19ojanet22(134 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I was watching a show on Tru TV called "Most Shocking" and one of the "guests" was Judge Cronin. She had been pulled over for DUI by OSHP and was telling the officer "Do you know who I am? I'm a judge!" She kept trying to get back into her car and drive away but the officer cuffed her and put her in the patrol car. This was all caught on the dash cam.

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20TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

JJ escaped last time when he bribed Jimbo. The feds gave him a slap on the wrist.

Think of it this way JJ is doing us all a favor by pointing out thev crooks.


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