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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.

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