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Alyssa Lenhoff charged in investigation of husband's former office



Published: Tue, April 20, 2010 @ 11:15 a.m.

Alyssa Lenhoff, the wife of former Attorney General Marc Dann, was charged with having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Lenhoff of Liberty will be in Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus on Monday. She is expected to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

A criminal complaint filed late Monday by the Ohio Ethics Commission states Lenhoff attempted to secure a $6,500 grant from the attorney general’s office — while Dann served as AG — to fund a “cold case” course at Youngstown State University, her employer.

Lenhoff, YSU’s journalism director, filed for divorce last week. Dann admitted an extramarital affair while in office.

YSU received approval for the funding, but a member of Dann’s administration told the then-attorney general it would be a conflict of interest to award the grant to the university, said David Freel, the head of the ethics commission. Dann then canceled plans to give YSU the money, Freel said.

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and the ethics commission are continuing to investigate Dann for potential criminal prosecution.

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1NilesOhio(723 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Maybe she just wants to keep her personal life from turning into a media circus - again.

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I very much dislike Dann and Lenhoff, but I am confused what her crime is. (I am NOT saying she was railroaded or anything like that).

I am sure there are lots more details, but I am missing what she did wrong. Was it illegal for her to even apply for the money? Or was it illegal because she was going to teach the course? If I understand correctly from this and other articles, she did not actually teach the course or get the $$.

And I cannot believe I am even going to remotely defend Dann, but it seems from this blurb of an article that when he found out the grant was a conflict, he cancelled the contract and YSU never got the money. It seems like in that rare instance he actually did what he was supposed to.

I am sure there is plenty more to the story, but I am a bit confused so far.

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3Ken(153 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Without doubt, there is more to this story. She should follow her soon to be ex-huband's action and resign from the faculty at YSU before further investigating will reveal other improprieties at YSU with other contracts.

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Come on here,..

Be it an initial misdemeanor charge or not, thing is she HAD to plead guilty to this. Simply because the facts detailing her guilt are all there as documented fact.

The criminal infraction of ethics was a spouse was soliciting their empowered spouse. Privately petitioning for access to receive taxpayer funding for a personally vested venture. It was initially approved and beyond being disapproved later and the university never having received the money.

It was a KNOWN grossly unethical impropriety to go the route it was submitted as well as the recipient benefactor. Even more unethical to have approved it and it only got abandoned after the Dann circus started imploding and nobody needed more cost added to the taxpayers being bilked for the Dann dirt,..

So the criminal charge of the ethics violation is valid and enforceable by the course that it was taken be the attempt abandoned later or not. Which had she actually received that money Marc Dann and his wife would be convicted felons on that charge alone as we speak,.. theft exceeding a thousand dollars is grand larceny.

See this is an instance where by overt conduct the husband shows himself being of the harlot variety. By having traipsed in a manner of treating his or any idea of him having a wife. Was conducted like she was nothing less than a disposable trollop of no consequence.

Where just so happens just before the popular opinion could hamstring hubby to be deemed sole responsible. Upon review the initially presumed victimized wifey herself gets caught up with her very own hand in the how much can she steal till too.

Where as record reflects and documents prove the only victims were we the taxpayers. Because like hubby so too did wifey act in a manner of having tried to grift taxpayers for $6,500.00 bucks for personal use. Much like a two bit trick that her husband's conduct regarded her as.

Again my focus is upon the fair treatment of the children as to not be slandered nor in anyway maligned via the acts and conduct of their parents.

Sure Franklin county is trying to turn her because they know Dann is a golden goose of criminal goodies. So much so that along with them wanting to nail Marc Dann you can best believe and better know they want his master J.J. Cafaro too.

Cafaro and Dann hold each others cards here and sooner or later one of them are going to blink and the perps that will be placed on parade when that happens will make the Traficant, Philomena, polly the frog and Strollo rock turning venture seem like a blip on the crime radar.

It's my belief that just like everybody knows there's going to be no judicial rest for Dann until he's either finally forced to talk.

Or get fat finger outed by some Cafaro entity that gets pinched into a pocky deal. Which either way this plays out it's only a matter of time before such an instance happens.

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5FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Nunya,
"The criminal infraction of ethics was a spouse was soliciting their empowered spouse. Privately petitioning for access to receive taxpayer funding for a personally vested venture."

She applied for a grant that anyone could have applied for, to receive money to fund a class that students would pay for (and her salary, I might add...that's what tuition pays for, you know)

"Which had she actually received that money Marc Dann and his wife would be convicted felons on that charge alone as we speak,.. theft exceeding a thousand dollars is grand larceny."

No theft here...the check was never made out to Alyssa or Marc...would have gone to the university.

"Where as record reflects and documents prove the only victims were we the taxpayers. Because like hubby so too did wifey act in a manner of having tried to grift taxpayers for $6,500.00 bucks for personal use."

Once again, it is my understanding that the money was being used to fund a class at YSU, not for the Dann's to go out to dinner at our expense.

"Again my focus is upon the fair treatment of the children as to not be slandered nor in anyway maligned via the acts and conduct of their parents. "

Seems you are the only one mentioning the kids.

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6FrankDavis(35 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Must be a slow news day...

She applied for a grant and got it. Then, she was informed that receiving the grant would be a conflict of interest with her husband in office, so she canceled it. What's the problem?!?

Oh, I know what it is..."she's pleading guilty, so there must be something else that's not printed," right? I'll wager that the OEC was squeezing her for information on her husband, and she wouldn't give it up (information between spouses is privileged). So, she cut a deal with her attorney and the prosecutor that plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge instead of walking away scott free and implementing her husband. By the way, I'm not a lawyer, but I do watch a lot of Law and Order on TV.

Lawyers are blood-suckers that cut deals like this all the time, so when someone pleads guilty to a misdemeanor like this, don't get upset. Where's the outrage for the killers of that middle school student that was killed? The killer is in prison for just 6 years because she cut a deal and rolled over on her accomplices.

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7walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Nunya,

Come on here....I am not going to defend Dann and Lenhoff here. Dann is the scum that scum wipe from the soles of their shoes. Made his wife look like a fool, more than once, and allowed her to do things that were unethical, whether she knew it or not. But, to say that this equals what Philomena did when in office?!? He sold justice and was hooked into the Strollo enterprise. ANd Strollo was having guys whacked! Life and death and the total dismantling of an unbiased justice system are much worse than this petty ethics violation. Let her plead guilty, pay a small fine, put her on probation and let's move on to bigger things.

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8JAB(41 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I think before this is all over Dann will be convicted, Jennings will be convicted again and this time will do prison time, and I do believe Betras will be indicted. I think they are all scum and the truth will surface because somebody who is in the know will turn on them to protect themselves. I also think Y.S.U should cut their ties with Dann and Jennings. Yes they may be freelancing for the university but I believe Y.S.U. Should hire people with ethics to write for them not lying unethical morons.

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9nojimbo(223 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Agree with JAB regarding YSU. Why has Youngstown State's Center for Working Class Studies gone out of its way to embrace Marc Dann, Leo Jennings, and Alyssa Lenhoff after the Attorney General Office fiasco? All three appear on the current website and blog for the Center and Jennings is apparently working for the Center on "research". Are any of them being paid with taxpayer funds? If so, who thought that was a good idea?
http://cwcs.ysu.edu/about/who-we-are
http://workingclassstudies.wordpress....


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10TheLadyRides(23 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Nunya, you have a serious problem with perceived trollops - yesterday it was whores. Honestly, anger management counseling would help you. Nojimbo, I've worked with Leo Jennings; aside from falling prey to the same married-man syndrome that brought down the AG office, he's an intelligent and energetic thinker who's an asset to people in communications.
The charge against Lenhoff concerns me because: the idea of a cold-case studies course is a good one, though I understand it was proposed by a different university; she is connected to an eligible recipient (YSU) of the funding - it wasn't going into her pockets; when the question of conflict arose, she and YSU rejected the grant. This smells like an overzealous prosecutor.
As for poor Marc, he said it himself. He was just in over his head. And Simpson seems to have just been along for the ride.

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11BWylie(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I completely disagree with proposals that YSU should cut ties with Lenhoff or remove her from the faculty. I do not support any illegal actions or her husband's actions, but I DO support education. I have taken journalism classes taught by Lenhoff and she is hands down the best instructor I have ever encountered at YSU. She is instrumental in furthering the courses YSU offers and actually challenges her students academically. Without Youngstown State University, many Valley residents would be S-O-L when it comes to obtaining a college education. Therefore, I refuse to criticize someone for trying to bring funds and resources to the ONLY local and affordable state university. Especially when I know Lenhoff's character.

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12rams7267(2 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

why do people feel they know whats best for a woman who has had her whole life trashed.her family has been torn apart by mistakes her husband has made and now this is just another blow to her and her family.just leave her be she is a good person who just is trying to make it past all this mess.

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