Lancaster judge charged again by Pa. conduct board

Judge Kelly Ballentine
Judge Kelly Ballentine

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board has filed a new set of charges against a Lancaster County district judge who was suspended two years ago for dismissing her own parking tickets.

The complaint filed against Judge Kelly Ballentine of Lancaster alleges she failed to pay sales taxes collected at her business, Walk-In Style Fashion Footwear, from 2009 to Oct. 2012, and that she continued to sell merchandise at the shop after her business license was revoked.

Ballentine also failed to file local, state and federal income taxes in a timely manner in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the complaint alleges.

The complaint says Ballentine’s conduct brought the judicial office into disrepute.

The Judicial Conduct Board is seeking an interim suspension while Ballentine’s case is pending before the Court of Judicial Discipline, which could suspend her or remove her from office.

She was suspended for 15 months in 2012 after pleading guilty to three counts of tampering with public records.



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