Unsealed warrants show FBI suspected Dayton contractor of bribing Mayor Nan Whaley

Mayor Nan Whaley, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and Dayton Mayor, speaks about her economic plan during a press conference on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at BlaCk Coffee Lounge in Cincinnati.

The FBI suspected a Dayton-area demolition contractor bribed several Dayton officials, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley, between 2013 and 2014, according to unsealed court records. 

Whaley was never charged with any crime and said, in a statement, that she did nothing wrong. 

“These seven-year-old claims are baseless and categorically untrue," Whaley said in a statement. "In the course of federal investigations into illegal activity in Dayton, unfounded claims were made against me. Investigators did exactly what they should do: thoroughly looked into it and found nothing."

In 2013 and 2014, a federal judge approved warrants for the cell phone and orange Chevrolet Cobalt of Willis Blackshear Sr., the then-Montgomery County recorder, the Ohio Capital Journal first reported. Blackshear was suspected of acting as a go-between for SRI Inc. owner Steve Rauch and Dayton politicians, including Whaley and former Mayor Rhine McLin. 

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