Ex-Traficant aide charged with stealing from elderly woman

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A former aide and longtime supporter of the late U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. has been charged with felony theft after authorities say she stole more than $100,000 from an elderly woman with dementia.

The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/28pTl5q ) that 69-year-old Linda Kovachik is in Mahoning County Jail on a $100,000 bond after surrendering to Canfield police earlier this week. Authorities say Kovachik befriended the victim who is in her 80s at church.

A Canfield police detective says Kovachik had power of attorney for the woman and cashed a $100,000 annuity and stole coins and jewelry. Kovachik’s attorney declined to comment.

Traficant died in 2014 after a tractor tipped over him. The Youngstown-area Democrat served seven years in federal prison after being convicted of bribery charges in 2002.


Information from: The Tribune Chronicle, http://www.tribtoday.com