Attorney general's twin sister sued by FBI agent ex-boyfriend
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's twin borrowed $200,000 from an FBI agent who was living with her and then kicked him out the door, the agent says in a civil lawsuit filed in Lackawanna County.
Jacob J. Wentland III of Dunmore wants the court to order Ellen M. Granahan Goffer of Clarks Summit to repay the loan plus interest, according to the lawsuit filed June 18.
Wentland relied on Granahan's word and “has incurred a substantial loss due to his life savings being loaned to the defendant, as well as loss of interest and future investment opportunities,” the lawsuit says.
He pegs the total loss at about $269,000, plus the attorney's fees and other legal costs he's racking up in his attempt to collect the debt.
Wentland's lawyer, Samuel Stretton, couldn't be reached for comment.
Michael Perry, Granahan's lawyer, said he couldn't discuss the case because he hasn't talked with his client yet.
Kane's spokesman, Chuck Ardo, said the Attorney General's Office doesn't comment on employees' personal matters.
Granahan is a deputy attorney general who heads the child predator unit.
Wentland says in the lawsuit that he was assigned to the Houston FBI office when they began dating in December 2009 and that he obtained reassignments to Washington and then Scranton.
“He continued to date her and ultimately moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, at her request, with the intention of marrying the defendant,” the lawsuit says.
Granahan was selling her South Abington house and another in Scranton to buy a house in Clarks Summit. When the deal hit a snag, Wentland loaned her $200,000 so she could buy the house while waiting to close on the sale of the other two homes, the lawsuit says.
The real estate deal hit further turbulence, and Granahan used the money to buy a different house in Clarks Summit, the lawsuit says.
Wentland moved into the home with Granahan and her children in January 2013 and remodeled the kitchen and basement, the lawsuit says.
That fall, he suspected she was having a relationship with a coworker and asked her to sign a loan agreement. She refused, and Wentland moved out in December 2013, the lawsuit says.
He moved back in a month later when they attempted reconciliation, but she demanded he move out in March 2014, the lawsuit says.
Granahan sold her Scranton house for $111,000 in July 2014, but didn't pay back any of the money she owed Wentland, the lawsuit says.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.