EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 9, 2012

McLeod avoids charges in gambling probe

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WINDHAM — The attorney general has wrapped up an investigation of Selectman Ross McLeod without bringing any charges.

Attorney General Michael Delaney announced the Department of Justice finished the probe of allegations of illegal gambling, electioneering, and tampering with witnesses and informants.

"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," the attorney general's office said in a press release.

McLeod resigned his job as assistant Hillsborough County prosecutor in February as the probe unfolded.

Political activist Corey Lewandowski trigged the probe by obtaining emails from McLeod's work email account under the state's Right-to-Know Law, showing McLeod corresponding about a fantasy football league and town politics.

McLeod denied any wrongdoing and blamed "a vindicative squabble" involving people in town.

Voters re-elected him in March. Lewandowski lost his race for town treasurer in the same election.

McLeod has been working at the law firm operated by his colleague, Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia, and her husband, Tony, since May.