Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Columbus – The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Preble County Historical Society Executive Director Mellanie “Jane” Lightner.

“Her heartless abuse of trust justifies hard time in prison, where she can spend her slow, dragging hours thinking about those she conned,” Auditor Yost said. “Justice done.”



The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Director of Communications