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Pennsylvania Judge Faces Felony Charges After Using Campaign Funds At Casinos

Judge Michael Cabry Used Funds Donated To His Political Action Committee To Fund "Six-Figure Gambling Habit"

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A Pennsylvania judge is facing felony theft charges after allegedly using campaign donations to fund a “six-figure gambling habit.”

Michael Cabry, a Chester County district judge, was arrested Tuesday and charged with perjury and four campaign finance law violations, along with the felony theft charge.

According to local media, he was arrested after a grand jury found that he gambled $111,000 worth of his campaign funds in 2017, which produced a $9,000 net loss.

Cabry, 59, started a political action committee in 2016 and the grand jury said that there was evidence that funds donated to the PAC were used for personal expenses.

In a criminal complaint, a special agent from the Attorney General’s office said that he used those funds on gambling trips to Atlantic City, Dover, Del., and local Pennsylvania casinos. According to that complaint, if it weren’t for a six-figure score during one of his trips to Delaware Park, Cabry would have lost much more than $9,000.

Chester County President Judge John Hall stripped Cabry of his badges and keys, and also assigned his open cases to other judges in the county. Cabry is forbid from entering the court he formerly presided over and is not allowed to remove any documents from his office.

Cabry was elected in 1999 and was re-elected in 2005, 2011 and 2017. He ran unopposed during his most recent campaign.

He was released on his own recognizance without bail and a preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 26.