Judith Infante takes plea deal; Ralph Infante trial starts Monday

WARREN — The Ralph Infante public corruption trial will take place Monday as planned but not with Judith Infante as a defendant.

After more than four hours of discussions in private at the Trumbull County Courthouse today, the defense attorneys and prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Judith Infante.

She pleaded guilty today to a low-level felony of falsification related to tax returns and a misdemeanor falsification charge.

She will be sentenced at 1 p.m. May 15.

No plea agreement was reached with Ralph Infante, Judge Cosgrove announced near the end of the hearing.

Ralph Infante, 63, is accused of 41 criminal charges including taking bribes, receiving inappropriate gifts, tampering with records, illegal gambling and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity during his 24 years as Niles mayor.

Judy Infante, 68, had faced seven counts of tampering with records. She was accused of failing to report – and trying to conceal – “income from gambling and other sources.”

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