Ravenstahl's ex-wife declines to talk with federal investigators
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's ex-wife rejected investigators' attempts to question her about dealings he had with other people while they were married, her attorney said Friday.
“They wanted to see if she wanted to speak with authorities on certain investigative leads they're following,” said North Side attorney Casey D. White. “She didn't have any desire to do so, or any knowledge of any wrongdoing.”
White said agents from the FBI and other unspecified agencies first called Erin Lynn Feith sometime in the past month, then visited her. That's when she retained him.
“She was confused and scared,” he said. “There's no allegation of any wrongdoing on her part.”
White said they wanted to ask her about relationships the mayor had, but he did not know with whom.
“They didn't really specify,” he said when asked what the investigators were seeking. “I told them with all due respect she's not interested.”
Mayoral spokeswoman Marissa Doyle referred comment to Ravenstahl's personal attorney, Chuck Porter. He could not be reached.
A widening police department scandal and FBI investigation that resulted in the forced resignation and indictment of police Chief Nate Harper has been drawing closer to Ravenstahl, 33, of Fine-view, who announced on March 1 that he would not seek re-election.
Last month, Ravenstahl's two bodyguards and personal secretary appeared before a federal grand jury. Federal investigators are asking about remodeling at Ravenstahl's home by a New Homestead contractor who received about $2.3 million in city work since 2010.
Ravenstahl and Feith, 33, of Summer Hill announced after he won a full term in office in 2009 that they would separate. They divorced in 2011. They have a young son, Cooper.
Because of their marriage, authorities could not force Feith to speak with them or testify against Ravenstahl, White said.
“Unless she's involved in any criminal conduct or is a co-conspirator, she can invoke that spousal exemption,” he said.
White said Feith remains close to Ravenstahl and his family.
“She's just worried about their son and what may happen going forward,” he said.
David Conti is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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