30 months in prison for ex Sebring judge

Staff reports

CLEVELAND — The former Sebring  Court judge who pleaded guilty to stealing more that $200,000 from deceased clients has been sentenced to prison.

According to news partner WKBN-TV 27, Diane Vettori has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing between $100,000 and $300,000 from a dead client’s home in Boardman. She was ordered in probate court to pay back $209,000.

Vettori was indicted in November when investigators said she stole between $100,200 and $328,000 in cash from the home of a client after that client died in March of 2016.

The indictment said she provided estate planning services for Robert Sampson, including drafting his will. The man died without a will, according to the indictment.

Sampson’s closest living relative was his sister, Dolores Falgiani. Vettori also helped her with her will, which made requests to give the money to friends, relatives, Animal Charity and Angels for Animals, the indictment said.

Falgiani mentioned she had shoe boxes of cash stored at home and then a few months later in March of 2016, she was found dead in her home. Vettori found the shoe boxes, which contained $20,000, in May, the indictment said.

According to the indictment, Vettori found new money on two other occasions in 2016 and 2017.

Investigators said she made 22 deposits into five different banks within four weeks and lied to the FBI when confronted about it.

Vettori was elected the judge of Mahoning County Court #3 in Sebring in 2002 and had jurisdiction over criminal and traffic charges in Sebring, Beloit and Berlin, Green, Goshen, Ellsworth, Smith and Washington townships.

She was suspended from the bench by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Thursday, Vettori’s husband, Ismael Caraballo, was also sentenced to probation for his part in the crime.

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