Former Ohio mayor, wife indicted on racketeering charges




NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former longtime northeast Ohio mayor has been indicted on a racketeering charge prosecutors say is related to his involvement in bribery, theft in office and illegal gambling.

A Trumbull County grand jury handed up an indictment Tuesday against former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante, his wife and a Niles city employee. Infante was mayor 24 years before losing last year's Democratic primary.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the 61-year-old Infante received nearly $200,000 in unreported cash, income and gifts and ran an illegal gambling house at a tavern he owned in Girard. Sixty-seven-year-old Judy Infante is charged with racketeering and falsifying records. The city employee was indicted on two counts of theft in office.

Calls to a publicly listed telephone number for the Infantes were met with busy signals.
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