Former Charlack police chief goes on trial

A former local police chief will go to court Monday morning to face charges of corruption and theft.

Anthony Umbertino used to serve as the police chief and city administrator of Charlack. Charlack is located just north of University City on I-170.

Court documents list a number of accusations against Umbertino, including a claim he tried to financially exploit a woman born in 1917 of tens of thousands of dollars.

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In 2012, he was accused of using a city credit card to pay for a trip to Hawaii. At the time, he said he lost his personal credit card and asked permission to use a city one.

Another allegation in the court documents claimed Umbertino used hundreds of dollars worth of city money to eat out at local restaurants. He has previously defended himself by saying the town board gave him $600 to celebrate his 25th anniversary with Charlack.

Umbertino's trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton.

KSDK Newschannel 5 got the chance to talk to Umbertino's attorney before the trial. The lawyer said he and his client are ready to proceed.

They expect most of Monday's proceedings to be taken up by jury selection.



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