A Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, his wife and a state legislative aide were arrested this morning on federal charges stemming from an alleged scheme that defrauded a state agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funds.
Judge Robert Mulgrew, 55, and the aide, Lorraine DiSpaldo, 57, were charged in an indictment handed up by a federal grand jury with 30 counts of mail fraud directly related to the misuse of the grant money.
The pair, along with Mulgrew's 55-year-old wife, Elizabeth, also were charged with filing false tax returns.
In a statement, the First Judicial District said it would have no comment except to note that the charges are not related to an ongoing federal investigation of allegations of ticket-fixing at the Traffic Court. It will be up to the Supreme Court to decide Mulgrew's status as a judge.