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Former Hillsborough County prosecutor won't face any charges in fantasy football email probe

Union Leader Correspondent

October 08. 2012 10:21PM

WINDHAM - Former county prosecutor Ross McLeod has been cleared of allegations of illegal gambling and witness-tampering in connection with a fantasy football league. The Attorney General's Office released a statement Monday saying McLeod will not face any charges.

'It was a thorough investigation, I was pleased to have been able to cooperate, and I'm obviously pleased with the outcome,' McLeod said.

McLeod said it's been a long and exhausting journey since Corey Lewandowski, the state director of advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, filed a right-to-know request for McLeod's work email last November. On finding what appeared to be references to fantasy football in the emails, the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office asked the attorney general to investigate the possibility of illegal gambling.

The allegations forced McLeod to resign his position as a county prosecutor in February. He had worked in the county attorney's office since 2008 and was earning an annual salary of $75,000. Last spring, he took a new position handling civil and criminal trials as a senior associate at DiFruscia Law Offices in Methuen, Mass.

In July, McLeod's home and vehicles were searched for evidence that he had contacted fantasy football league members who were potential witnesses in the investigation. A laptop computer and cell phone were removed.

'After a review of the evidence collected over the course of this investigation, the New Hampshire Department of Justice has concluded that no charges will be brought against attorney McLeod,' a statement from Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said.

McLeod said the charges stemmed from a political squabble; Lewandowski was running for town treasurer and McLeod was running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen at the time.

Lewandowski could not be reached for comment Monday night. But he has maintained that his actions were not politically motivated, but an attempt to ensure that public resources weren't being abused.

McLeod said he briefly considered stepping down from the Board of Selectmen, but did not.

'I look forward to continuing to serve the town of Windham,' McLeod said. 'Civil service, to me, is a real joy.'

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