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Put-in-Bay village mayor indicted in public corruption probe

Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 15:07:25-04

Bernard Mack McCann, the mayor of Put-in-Bay and his former fiscal officer, Kelly Niese, have been indicted on public corruption charges, the Ohio Attorney General's Office announced on Thursday.

McCann, 82, was charged with having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth-degree felony and conflict of interest, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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Niese, 49, was charged with theft in office, a third-degree felony and grand theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Previously, Put-in-Bay Council President Melina McCann Myers, 52, was indicted on multiple misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest. Council member Bernard Michael McCann, 54, was also recently indicted on four counts of conflict of interest, all first-degree misdemeanors. 

Authorities said the mayor used his political office to obtain various waterline projects for an associate. Niese allegedly paid herself with village money without authorization to do so, according to the attorney's office. 

Bernard Michael McCann and Myers allegedly voted on contracts in which they had a personal interest, authorities said. They also voted on contracts in which their family members had a personal interest and matters that would have benefited their personal businesses and family members, according to authorities.