State prosecutors filed charges today against a secretary in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, accusing her of leaking confidential information – including a potential witness list – to obstruct a robbery investigation involving her grandson.
Vera Carroll, 59, Chester, also has been charged with lying to a grand jury.
“Using a public position to shield family members from criminal prosecution and then making false statements to investigators about those acts is an inexcusable breach of the public trust,” state Attorney General Tom Corbett said. “These actions not only jeopardized police investigations but also put the safety of victims, witnesses and members of the general public at risk.”
Carroll is alleged to have used her position in the D.A.'s office to obtain an arrest warrant for her grandson, Jamir Carroll, before it was signed by a judge, and confidential police reports related to his criminal cases. The arrest warrant was for a March 2009 robbery in which Jamir Carroll allegedly assaulted a woman and dragged her down the street by her hair.
Authorities say Vera Caroll also got her hands on lists of potential witnesses against her grandson and faxed them to a defense attorney.
She has been charged with two counts of perjury, both felonies, for allegedly lying to the grand jury investigating her, and misdemeanor counts of obstructing justice and making false statements.