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

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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