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Complaint dropped against Cheboygan drain commissioner

Submitted by on March 26, 2010 – 6:54 amNo Comment

A campaign finance violation complaint against Cheboygan County Drain Commissioner Dennis Lennox has been dismissed.

Lennox was charged with using county postage to mail out Christmas cards that contained some political messages.  Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina said Lennox is on a four month deferral period where he will not be prosecuted if he completes 25 hours of community service and avoids any other violations of law.

“This a fair resolution,” Vizina said.  “A deferred prosecution agreement is something occasionally offered to first time offenders where the criminal allegation is not extremely serious.  This incident was relatively minor – involving Mr. Lennox sending out approximately $110 worth of personal/political mail using county postage.”

In addition, Vizina said he considered the facts that Lennox took responsibility for his actions, wrote a public letter of apology and paid back the county the $110.

Lennox issued the following statement:  “I acknowledge mailing Drain Commissioner Christmas cards and using County postage. Some of the cards contained campaign content. While I acknowledge the campaign finance law was violated, I maintain that I possess character and integrity. I apologize to the people of Cheboygan County and have paid full restitution for the entire cost of the mailing. I acknowledge the Prosecutor had the right and responsibility to prosecute this case under current law.”