HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a former Chester County judge previously charged with using campaign contributions to gamble has pleaded guilty to charges of theft.

“The defendant has taken responsibility for his actions that undermined both his authority as a judge and the public’s trust,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “My office is dedicated to holding public officials who break the law accountable, without fear or favor.”

Michael Cabry was charged in October 2020 with repeatedly withdrawing funds donated to his reelection Political Action Committee (PAC) and using the funds to gamble at casinos in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He also used these funds to pay for personal expenses, including laundry services, groceries, and hotel stays. Cabry also failed to file his campaign finance reports for the period of time during which he was making these purchases.

Cabry has pleaded guilty to charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking and violations of the Election Code. He was sentenced to 12 months probation. This case was heard before the Honorable Senior Judge Stephen B. Lieberman. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Megan Madaffari. 

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