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WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio) revealed a pattern of corruption inside the state's highest law enforcement office including cronyism, misuse of state funds and property, improper use of campaign funds, ethics violations and cover-up. The reporters found that the Attorney General had used campaign funds to rent a condominium for two of his friends/employees that was later tied to sexual harassment,alleged crimes involving state vehicles and the hub for cronyism. Their reporting revealed that the Attorney General created a "transition fund" as an unregulated 501 c4 non-profit account. Through law enforcement, the station learned that this fund funneled at least $2,000 in inappropriate payments to the Attorney General's friend/employee/condo-mate.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer investigated "the 'pay to play' practices of Ohio Treasurer Joe Deters and state attorney general Betty Montgomery. (The newspaper) tied two-thirds of the $4 million Deters has raised since 1998 to people who get work from his office. (The Plain Dealer) found that the treasurer was paying some brokers who gave him campaign contributions higher fees than they had requested. And their performance, overall, lagged behind the brokers used by other states. Deters also was using the powerful Hamilton County GOP, which he co-chaired, to launder campaign contributions. Private lawyers working from Attorney General Montgomery also felt it was necessary to give to her campaign to get work."
Consumers: State Refund claims bogus; Attorney general consumer watchdog inflated claims by $2.5 million
An investigation by the Cleveland Plain Dealer reveals that Ohio's attorney general inflated her restitution figures "by at least $2.5 million." The newspaper's investigation "showed how not just that her office puffed its numbers but how: It took credit for refunds secured by other agencies, included refund offers from companies that consumers never accepted, inflated the dollar value of refunds and counted refunds that companies promised but never delivered."