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CUYAHOGA COUNTY --- Prosecutor Bill Mason may be resigning as Cuyahoga County prosecutor, but the state ethics commission isn't saying if he's still under investigation.

That probe was launched following an exclusive investigation by Channel 3 News Investigator Tom Meyer. Under state ethics law, public officials are prohibited from awarding work to a business partner or to any other companies that the business partner owns.

Meyer found Mason awarded a no-bid contract to Qwestcom Graphics to do printing and other work for the prosecutor's office.

Problem is, one of the company's owners is Tom Day, Mason's friend and a man Mason partnered with in a second company, Victory Communications.

Following the Channel 3 News story in 2009, Mason denied any wrongdoing and even asked the state for its opinion on whether he broke any laws.

The state ethics commission won't say if the mater is still under investigation.

Mason also came under attack in 2009 when the Investigator learned his employees gave more than $100,000 to his campaign.

State lawmakers and political watchdogs criticized the donations, saying they amounted to extortion and could very well lead to favorable treatment toward employees who give to the boss.

Mason decided to pay the money back to his employees after the reports aired.

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