CORNING -- A Corning couple, convicted of shoplifting and sentenced to jail, has accused the city of Corning and several of its police officers of assault, defamation, discrimination and other charges.

Mee Jo, 44, and Sughe Jo, 49, of West Fifth Street, filed a notice of claim in state Supreme Court on Feb. 1. A notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit.

The notice of claim says the city defamed Mee Jo when Corning police allegedly told The Leader newspaper that she had been charged with petit larceny four times in the past two years -- allegedly at Kaufmann's and Sears at the Arnot Mall, at Wal-Mart in Gang Mills and at Wegmans.

Mee Jo, in a Sept. 15 letter to Corning Mayor Frank Coccho, said the city has not responded to her complaint, which named police officers Shawn Copp and James Volpe and police Chief Salvatore Trentanelli.

In the letter, Mee Jo claims that the Corning Police Department collaborated with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to have her family deported.

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