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UPDATE: Dann to face criminal charges Friday: Prosecutor

Published: Thu, May 6, 2010 @ 5:23 p.m.

COLUMBUS — Former Attorney General Marc Dann will face criminal charges related to the scandal that led to his resignation from office.

Dann is expected to enter pleas today on two counts — one related to financial disclosure filings and one focused on providing improper compensation from his campaign accounts.

Both are first-degree misdemeanors that carry a maximum of six months in jail and $1,000 fines. Additionally, the improper compensation charge will disqualify Dann from serving in public office or holding public employment.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, in a released statement, confirmed that Dann would appear this morning in Franklin County Municipal Court.

He denied further comment, other than noting that the appearance was related to "an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation that has now been concluded."

Last year, Dann was fined by the Ohio Elections Commission for using campaign funds to install a security system at his home and for family travel but avoided a criminal referral in the matter.

He has vehemently denied criminal wrongdoing throughout the scandal, which was prompted by sexual harassment complaints from two women in the Attorney General's Office against Anthony Gutierrez, a manager hand-picked for his position by Dann.

For details, see Friday's Vindicator or watch Vindy.com.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Still can't understand why Dann resigned if these charges were the best that the state could muster.

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2havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Haven't you ever heard of honor amongst thieves? This is a farce for public consumption. Just like his wife's prosecution. They're not going to do anything to him.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Marc Dann's friends will see to it that any punishment will be minimal .

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4Ken(153 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

They will make some deal for Marc...just like they dropped further investigations regarding his ex-wife and that YSU deal. She knows more and has done much more than she admitted to...but...

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5MFC997(261 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Pay to play Mr. Dann ... pay ... to ... PLAY ...

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6FunMeter(29 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Hey Dann, Thanks for putting another positive light on this valley. Fear not: You are a trooper and are entering the turnstile; you are in a long line of many stupid from the valley that will take your place and likely get off again with a ruler to the knuckles.

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