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Estranged wife of former AG Marc Dann hit with ethics charge

COLUMBUS — The estranged wife of former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has been hit with a state ethics charge accusing her of using her husband's position to get state funding for a university.

The charge against Alyssa Lenhoff was filed late Monday. Prosecutors allege she acted improperly in securing a $6,500 grant from Dann's office for the Youngstown State University journalism program she directs. Dann canceled payment when questioned by a lawyer in his office.

Lenhoff is to appear in court in Columbus on Monday. She filed for divorce from Dann last week, two years after he admitted to an affair with an employee as part of a sweeping sexual harassment scandal that prompted his resignation.

A message seeking comment was left today with Lenhoff's attorney.

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