COLUMBUS — Disgraced former Ohio attorney general Marc Dann will appear in court Friday morning on misdemeanor charges stemming from alleged misspending of campaign-related funds.
With the two-year statute of limitations for the filing of misdemeanor charges expiring next week, Mr. Dann may be the last person charged in a scandal associated with his 16-month tenure as attorney general that has already resulted in felony or misdemeanor convictions for three of his top aides and his estranged wife.
Following a flurry of negotiations over a potential plea deal Thursday, Mr. Dann, a former Youngstown area state senator, is expected to appear at 9:30 a.m. before Franklin County Municipal Judge Ted Barrows.
According to a source close to the investigation, he will address charges that he illegally provided payments from his campaign and his inaugural activity accounts to former aides Anthony Gutierrez and Leo Jennings that was used to pay rent on a condo he shared with them and to Mr. Gutierrez, who used the money to pay subcontractors related to his private construction business.
The second charge relates to his failure to report the additional income on an ethics disclosure form.
Each is a first-degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Conviction on the charge related to misuse of campaign and transition account funds would bar him from again holding public office or serving in public employment for seven years.
County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien confirmed that Mr. Dann will appear for arraignment and that the Ohio Ethics Commission investigation into the scandals has been completed. He declined to discuss the matter further.