Ohio Ethics Commission

Investigation
Our Investigation section is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes and refers cases supported by substantial evidence for prosecution or alternative resolution.

You may contact an Ethics Commission Special Investigator at (614) 466-7090 to determine whether or not your allegation falls within the authority of the Commission, as defined in Ohio’s Ethics Law. Once this determination is made, the Investigator will mail to you an Allegation Form to be completed and returned to the Commission.

The Investigative Process
Penalties for Violation
I. Financial Disclosure

Failing to file a financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(C) is a fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $250 and/or a maximum of 30 days in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21. In addition, the Ethics Commission is required to assess a late filing fee equal to $10 per day, up to a maximum late fee of $250. See R.C. section 102.02(F).

Filing a false financial disclosure statement in violation of R.C. section 102.02(D) is a first-degree misdemeanor criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(A); 2929.21.

II. Conflict of Interest

Violations of R.C. sections 102.03, 102.04 and 102.07 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 102.99(B); 2929.21.

III. Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(1) and 2921.42(A)(2) are fourth-degree felony criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $5000 and/or a maximum of 18 months in prison. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.14; 2929.18.

Violations of R.C. sections 2921.42(A)(3) through (A)(5) are first degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.42(E); 2929.21.

IV. Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation

Violations of R.C. section 2921.43 are first-degree misdemeanor criminal offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or a maximum of 6 months in jail. See R.C. sections 2921.43(D); 2929.21.

In addition, a public servant who is convicted of a violation of R.C. section 2921.43 is disqualified from holding any public office, employment, or position of trust in this state for a period of seven years from the date of conviction. See R.C. section 2921.43(E).

Ohio Ethics Commission Authority

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