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Put-in-Bay village officials indicted by grand jury

• Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 2:05 PM

PORT CLINTON — Two Put-in-Bay village officials have been indicted by an Ottawa County grand jury on public corruption charges stemming from a joint probe into public corruption allegations within the village.

Misdemeanor charges also were recently filed against two other current and former village officials pursuant to this joint investigation.

Bernard Mack McCann, 82, the Put-in-Bay mayor, was indicted on the following charges:

• Two counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, felonies of the fourth degree

• Four counts of conflict of interest, misdemeanors of the first degree

Kelly A. Niese, 49, of Put-in-Bay, former village fiscal officer, was indicted on the following charges:

• One count of theft in office, a felony of the third degree

• One count of grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree

Melinda McCann Myers, 52, of Put-in-Bay, the former village council president, was recently charged with six counts of Conflict of Interest, misdemeanors of the first degree.

Bernard Michael McCann, 54, a member of village council, was recently charged with four counts of conflict of Interest, misdemeanors of the first degree.

Mayor McCann is alleged to have used his position as mayor to secure waterline project contracts for a business associate.

Niese is alleged to have disbursed village funds to herself without authorization of village council.

Councilmen McCann and McCann Myers are alleged to have voted on contracts in which they had personal interest, as well as contracts in which family members had a personal interest. They are also alleged to have voted on matters that would have benefited their personal businesses and family members.

The allegations arise from a joint criminal investigation conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Ethics Commission. The case is being prosecuted jointly by the Ottawa County Prosecutor and the Ohio Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney James VanEerten and the Ohio Ethics Commission announced the indictments on today.

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