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Marc Dann’s Wife Charged With Misdemeanor

April 21st, 2010 Matt View Comments

From James Nash in The Columbus Dispatch:

With just three weeks remaining to bring misdemeanor charges against former Attorney General Marc Dann, prosecutors have charged his estranged wife with improperly using her influence to secure a grant for the university where she teaches journalism.

Alyssa Lenhoff, 47, who filed for divorce from Dann last week, is expected to plead guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor charge of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Prosecutors say Lenhoff, who directs the journalism program at Youngstown State University, misused her relationship with Dann to secure a $6,500 grant from the attorney general’s office in 2007 to teach a class on unsolved crimes. Lenhoff was close to Dann’s chief of staff, Edgar C. Simpson, who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal he struck in March. The two had worked together at a newspaper in Warren.

Marc could have charges filed against him soon. I wonder if prosecutors would perhaps drop Lenhoff’s charge if she cooperates with investigators?

Marc Dann’s Wife Files for Divorce- How Helpful Will She Be to Investgators?

April 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Sad news for the Dann family:

The wife of former Attorney General Marc Dann, who admitted an extramarital affair while he was in office, has filed for divorce.

Alyssa Lenhoff, who married Dann on Aug. 30, 1987, filed divorce papers Thursday in Trumbull County Domestic Relations Court.

“After many months of living apart, Marc and I have decided it is in everyone’s best interests to make our separation permanent,” Lenhoff wrote in a prepared statement Thursday to The Vindicator.

Dann declined to comment Thursday in an e-mail to the newspaper.

The divorce filing comes as the two face an investigation into potential criminal charges during Dann’s tenure of less than 17 months as attorney general.

The statute of limitations on any misdemeanor crimes against the two expires May 14, two years after Dann resigned as attorney general.

The two, who live in Liberty, will share custody of their 15-year-old daughter, according to Lenhoff’s court filing. Their 18-year-old son will graduate from high school in June and is “considered an emancipated, self-serving adult for purposes of this litigation,” according to the filing.

“Differences have arisen between the parties, making them incompatible, one with the other, which has made the continuation of their marital relationship unendurable,” Lenhoff’s court filing reads.

In her prepared statement, Lenhoff wrote: “Marc and I intend to remain cooperative in order to serve the best interests of our wonderful children. Our children remain the top priority of both of our lives. During this extremely personal chapter of my often-public life, I respectfully request that everyone appreciate my family’s need for privacy and continued healing.”

The scheduler Dann had the affair with, Jessica Utovich was transferred to a new department after I posted about their affair… And the rumor is that Marc had to admit to the affair the day I posted.

Dann was always an out-of-shape loser and simply couldn’t resist the urge to use the power of his office for his own gratification. And while Democrats were often quick to defend him, by the time details came out about his condo love shack and the types of criminals he surrounded himself with in his office, Democrats were ready to throw him off of Rhodes Tower.

I wonder if this in preparation for Dann potentially facing prison time? And what ever happened to the serious allegations of drug use? I guess we will find out soon enough.

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What is Mrs. Marc Dann Going to Do?

March 14th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

Alyssa Lenhoff, wife of disgraced ex-Ohio attorney general Marc Dann, will be invited — if she hasn’t already been — to play Let’s Make a Deal by Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. It’s standard operating procedure. Prosecutors hook the big fish by first luring the little ones.

In the Dann case, which has been in the investigative hopper for more than a year, the former attorney general is Mr. Big. The others, including his wife, are a way of getting to him.

Already, three individuals who were part of the Dann cabal in Columbus have pleaded guilty to various charges and are cooperating with the prosecutor. Of course, it comes as no surprise that Leo Jennings, Anthony Gutierrez and Edgar Simpson are reportedly singing like canaries. There is no honor among Mahoning Valley’s thieves.

Now, it’s Lenhoff’s turn. To be sure, a wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband. But she certainly can do so voluntarily.[...]

Already, three individuals who were part of the Dann cabal in Columbus have pleaded guilty to various charges and are cooperating with the prosecutor. Of course, it comes as no surprise that Leo Jennings, Anthony Gutierrez and Edgar Simpson are reportedly singing like canaries. There is no honor among Mahoning Valley’s thieves.

After my blog filled up a number of pages of the Inspector General’s report on this situation, this story fell off my radar screen entirely. Dann wrote a number of fairly interesting op-eds about the housing market and I thought that after resigning and getting a $1000 slap on the wrist from the ethics commission that things were looking up for Dann. Wow as I wrong!

Now, union thug Leo Jennings and Edgar Simpson were back in the news and pleading guilty ethics charges. And when Dann resigned, plenty of questions were left unanswered about money from his campaign transition fund and campaign account that was used for personal reasons. Rumors range from using the money to buy furniture for their condo/love-palace (furniture which was later sold) to whispers about drugs.

Alyssa seems to have a nice gig at Youngstown State University and she runs what appears to be a profitable “fiesta dinnerware” company. But considering she didn’t divorce him after learning how his adultery, perhaps she will protect her husband?

Former Aide to Marc Dann, Gutierrez Wipes Puke from Face, Goes to Court

August 24th, 2009 Matt Comments off

He faces 8 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.’s Interview With Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray

July 22nd, 2009 Matt View Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule for a telephone interview with me.

I would like to thank Holly Hollingsworth and Ted Hart of the Ohio Attorney General’s office for their assistance in scheduling this interview. Mr. Hart was rightfully skeptical of my interview request, but I thank him for being so polite and gracious.

I gave AG Cordray the opportunity to pause or rephrase any of his answers, but he never used that opportunity. I am a lousy stenographer, so all grammatical errors and typos are exclusively my fault. Below is the transcript:

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Marc Dann

July 6th, 2009 Matt View Comments

is back!

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