Packo’s duo in court week before trial

9/22/2012
BLADE STAFF

One week before their criminal trial is set to begin in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, Tony Packo III and Cathleen Dooley appeared in court Friday as attorneys argued final pretrial issues.

Mr. Packo and Ms. Dooley are each charged with three counts of aggravated theft, accused of stealing about $170,000 from the famed Tony Packo’s restaurant company over a four-year period.

Mr. Packo, 39, the grandson of the restaurant’s founder, and Ms. Dooley, 47, the company’s controller, were indicted Dec. 14 by a county grand jury after a lengthy inquiry by an investigator in the prosecutor’s office.

Judge Frederick McDonald granted a motion requesting that the indictment be amended to reflect a time period for the alleged thefts between January, 2006, and July, 2010, instead of February, 2010.

He also ruled that a state-identified expert could testify.

The judge set a Tuesday hearing to hear additional issues, including whether documents given to the defense in recent weeks would be allowed at trial.