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News Release

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2010

Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati
(603) 271-3671

Former New Hampshire State Representative Jailed For Stealing From State Political Committees

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that James E. Ryan, age 52, formerly of Conway, pleaded guilty in Merrimack County Superior Court today to felony charges of theft, forgery, and issuing bad checks. Ryan was a State representative for the town of Franklin when he stole checks from contributors that were intended for the Committee to Elect House Democrats, and when he stole money from the Franklin City Democratic Committee's bank account. This conduct occurred between September 2006 and July of 2007. Personnel within both committees discovered the conduct, and reported the matter to law enforcement. Ryan resigned from the House of Representatives shortly after charges were filed against him last year.

The Merrimack County Superior Court sentenced Mr. Ryan to an aggregate sentence of 4 to 12 years at the New Hampshire State Prison. He was also sentenced to an additional 7½ to 15 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, suspended for 10 years commencing upon his initial release from incarceration and contingent upon his good behavior, his payment of $17,164.92 in restitution to the victims, and his assignment of his personal income tax refunds until restitution is paid full.

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