- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NILES, Ohio (AP) - A former longtime northeast Ohio mayor accused of running an illegal gambling house has been convicted of corruption and gambling charges.

Trumbull County jurors on Monday found former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante guilty of multiple charges that include tampering with records, theft in office, gambling and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has said Infante received nearly $200,000 in unreported cash, income and gifts and ran an illegal gambling house in Girard.

Infante was Niles mayor 24 years before losing in the 2015 Democratic primary. Niles is roughly 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.

His attorney declined to comment on the verdict, citing a judge’s gag order.

Infante’s wife has pleaded no contest to filing false income tax records and falsification.

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