COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Democrat vying to be Ohio attorney general wants the current officeholder to step aside in a multi-state case against an alleged scam artist accused of collecting as much as $100 million ostensibly for Navy veterans.
Cincinnati attorney David Pepper raised questions Friday about Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine's handling of the case against the man who calls himself Bobby Thompson.
The case doesn't address Thompson's donations to politicians, including DeWine himself. He received $1,000 during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate re-election bid in 2006.
DeWine has said he's concentrating on convicting Thompson and that the political contributions were "kind of a sidebar to the scam."
Pepper says the donation creates a conflict of interest and DeWine should recuse himself.
A message to DeWine's office seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Friday.