VENTURA : Grand Jury Indicts Official's Accuser

A Ventura woman who filed a conflict-of-interest claim against a county official last year has been indicted by the Ventura County grand jury on charges of filing false documents to support her claim.

Scarlett O'Casey, 47, will be arraigned March 6 before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch. She pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court after her arrest on similar charges Jan. 16.

In October, O'Casey accused a county probation officer of accepting free legal aid from her ex-husband, a lawyer. In exchange for the advice, she said, the probation officer failed to make O'Casey's ex-husband pay her restitution after he was convicted of spousal abuse.

According to the charges, O'Casey created and submitted false documents to support her claim. She faces a maximum term of six years in prison if convicted, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Charles R. Roberts Sr.

O'Casey remains in the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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