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Ex-judge Cronin to serve prison term in Illinois

Published: Fri, March 5, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

Staff report



Former Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen A. Cronin

Maureen A. Cronin, a former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge, must self-report to a minimum- security prison camp at Greenville, Ill., by March 24 to begin serving the 27-month sentence a federal judge imposed on her.

David Kasulones, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal, said Thursday that he had received the information from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi imposed the prison time and a $4,000 fine on Cronin on Feb. 23, after she pleaded guilty to two felony counts of honest-services mail fraud.

Cronin, 56, of Canfield Road, pleaded guilty to accepting and failing to report an $18,000 no-interest cash loan from Flora Cafaro, part-owner of the Cafaro Co., which had numerous civil suits before her while she was a judge.

Cronin turned to alcohol and gambling after the death of her mother and longtime boyfriend within a year of each other, and she took the money to help pay off her growing gambling debt, said her lawyer, J. Gerald Ingram.

Cronin will be housed with about 270 other prisoners in a satellite prison camp for female offenders adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville.

The Greenville facility is 63 miles from Springfield, Ill., and 43 miles from St. Louis. The female inmates’ camp at Greenville is a dormitory-style facility featuring a residential substance-abuse-treatment program. The camp provides inmate labor to the main institution and to off-site work programs.

Ingram had requested that Cronin serve her time at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, a minimum-security lockup where TV personality Martha Stewart was imprisoned for insider trading.


1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Just be gone with her already.

She's just the latest organized crime criminal that's inflicted a great disservice to the judicial process of the area.

Where to try blaming it on drinking and life occurrences as " reasons " for her actions is deplorable.

Fact is she's a willful criminal at the highest level and deliberately inflicted injustice and contributed to casting more lack of appeal to the entire area.

She's only 56 and for such a crime of infringing upon justice. I say her pension should be challenged.

Retirement age is 64 and make her try the employment market like everybody else until reaching social security pension age.

Which comes with far more trying decisions than she willfully abused as a judge orchestrating injustice.

She served in a position of being the last line of defense to adjudicate the preserving of justice. For which she willfully and deliberately opposed.

In plain analysis she actually proliferated the spawning and growth of crime in the area.

There's no excuse for that no matter how you look at it. Via her having been bought and paid for by a racketeer. Where she served as a conduit to crime endangers us all.

Bench corruption not only escorts everything from extortion, robbery, dope dealing, gun running, coercion, assaults and murder to reign.

But by her actions now even has the county forced to defend the decision to facilitate a far better building for family services to operate from within.

But now even endure extensive public scrutiny, man resource hours and legal fees. Just trying to fend off the very Cafaro criminal who owned her.

So I say she needs to pay her fair share for what she's still costing us. Which it'd start with challenging having to pick up the tab for her pension.

As it stands now after her little minimum security stint at camp happy. Unlike the taxpayers burden of fending Cafaro off in a position her corruption facilitated. She has no skin in the game and that needs to be corrected.

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2HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I've got to agree with the above poster. Any elected public official who gets convicted of any criminal activity, should lose their pensions.

The Valley's political machine is run just like organized crime. The money changes hands and when caught, the political underlings, take the punishment and the bosses get a free pass.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Po Moreeeeen ! Nobody is showing any compassion . With the wind coming from the West she will smell the tantalizing odor coming from the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri without being able to indulge . Yep, Greenville,Illinois will be downwind !


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4vinglass(283 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"Cronin turned to alcohol and gambling after the death of her mother and longtime boyfriend within a year of each other",,,Hey Ingram, I've got news for you, she was a boozer and gambler long before her mother & boyfriend died!!

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