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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.

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