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Cronin gets 27 months for taking Cafaro loan

Published: Tue, February 23, 2010 @ 1:12 p.m.

AKRON — Ex-Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen A. Cronin was sentenced today to 27 months in a federal prison, convicted of two felony counts of honest-services mail fraud. It is the maximum sentence she could have received.

She also is sentenced to three months’ supervised release when she gets out of prison.

She and her lawyer, J. Gerald Ingram, blamed her problems on the loss of her mother and lifelong companion within one year, which led to alcohol and gambling addictions.

Cronin, 56, of Canfield Road in Youngstown, had pleaded guilty Dec. 15, 2009, to the two felony counts in front of U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi, who sentenced the former jurist today. No reporting date to prison has been determined.

Cronin was convicted of taking and concealing an $18,000 no-interest cash “loan,” with no collateral or payment schedule, from Flora Cafaro, the judge said.

Ingram said Cronin took the loan from the senior executive of a business that had more than 50 civil lawsuits before her, to pay off her gambling debts.

The judge gave her the maximum sentence saying that Cronin “betrayed the public she served.”

Cronin failed to report the loan as required on state financial-disclosure statement in 2006 and 2007, which she filed by mail, prosecutors say.

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Millie(192 comments)posted 5 years ago

Is this a cover up for JJ?

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2vinglass(272 comments)posted 5 years ago

No, the incriminating file was found in the documents seized in Flora's office. She passed the money. I guess it was her turn. Now, which one gave the loan to Tsagaris?

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3valleytransplant(37 comments)posted 5 years ago

Just like the old days! Charlie the Crab, Orlie the Crab...Nick Warino...Don Hanni...Vince Deniro...Carmen Policy. I miss YTown.

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years ago

"It's a cover up. They can't arrest a husband and wife for the same crime."

Flora isn't JJ's wife, she is his sister.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ex-Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen A. Cronin is sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison. Teflon Don gets no penalty . Political clout is priceless !

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Taken for a ride and getting kicked under the bus ! The life and times of Maureen A. Cronin .



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7tkytown(43 comments)posted 5 years ago

the Cafaro name is taking a beating, money is power and power corupts!

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago



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9mrblue(1115 comments)posted 5 years ago

Is the entire Cafaro family corrupt? Which one of them will be next? I am sure this will hurt Capri in the next election.

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10WilliamP(69 comments)posted 5 years ago

Is there a reason that the Vindy removed the JJ Cafaro article entirely from the website after a couple hours?

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11Silence_Dogood(1416 comments)posted 5 years ago

Maybe the Vindy took a loan from the Cafaro's to stay in business.

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12Silence_Dogood(1416 comments)posted 5 years ago

WilliamP try the following link


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13Silence_Dogood(1416 comments)posted 5 years ago

Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary definition of a bribe
Bribe \'brib\ n 1 : no-interest cash “loan,” with no collateral or payment schedule

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14EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 5 years ago

Hey, maybe Traficant was telling the truth when he said that J.J. lied about bribing him in order to keep himself and Capri out of jail for their financial fraud at the US Aerospace shell company that was being used to set Capri up for Traficant's seat in Congress.

Ya think?

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