Of the Legal Staff
Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew, who has been suspended from his judicial duties until his federal criminal case is resolved, is set to go to trial with two co-defendants June 5, 2013, U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said during a court hearing today.
Jones also asked if there was any objection to him presiding over the case because he "vaguely" recalled that he might have sworn Mulgrew into office when Jones was still the president judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Mulgrew stated that Jones had not sworn him in, and all of the attorneys said they had no objection to Jones presiding over the case.
Mulgrew and Lorraine Dispaldo, an aide to state Representative William Keller, D-Philadelphia, have been indicted in an alleged scheme to defraud the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Mulgrew and Dispaldo were charged with 30 counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud in an alleged scheme to use state grant funds intended for community groups for improper uses.
Mulgrew and his wife, Elizabeth, also were charged with seven counts of tax fraud, including allegedly filing false tax returns, tax evasion and obstructing the administration of federal internal revenue laws. According to the indictment, the Mulgrews did not list more than $67,000 in additional taxable income and allegedly listed false business deductions in their tax returns.
Dispaldo was charged with four counts of tax fraud for allegedly not listing more than $55,000 in additional taxable income and one count of bankruptcy fraud for allegedly concealing $27,000 in income from her creditors.