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Wife of Lancaster mayor-elect charged with embezzlement

July 31, 2017

The wife of the Lancaster mayor-elect embezzled about $350,000 from her employer, a veterans post and a nonprofit group to support a gambling addiction that drew her to casinos in Ohio and Las Vegas hundreds of times, a prosecutor and investigator said on Wednesday.

They refused to comment, however, on whether Bridget M. Kuhn’s husband, Brian S. Kuhn, who takes office as Lancaster mayor on Friday, knew about or participated in any of the activities of which she is accused.

Mr. Kuhn, a Republican, was elected mayor last month with 54 percent of the vote. He currently is the city’s service-safety director. He also has been Fairfield County treasurer and Lancaster city council member. He is a certified public accountant who owned and operated a business providing payroll, accounting and tax services.

In a statement emailed by his lawyer, David H. Thomas, on Wednesday, Mr. Kuhn said he loves and supports his wife.

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