Documents: City paid nearly $72,000 in Gang of 5 investigation

We're learning more about what taxpayers shelled out for the Gang of Five investigation at City Hall. (Cincinnati City Council)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - We're learning more about what taxpayers shelled out for the Gang of Five investigation at City Hall.

Documents obtained by Local 12 reveal the city paid nearly $72,000. More than $60,000 went to a pair of law firms. One defended the city and another represented members of council.

The city paid a tech firm more than $11,000 to retrieve some texts.

The documents also estimate the city solicitor's office has spent more than 350 hours on the case.

A civil lawsuit accuses council members P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Tamaya Dennard, Wendell Young and Greg Landsman of exchanging messages about city business in violation of the state's open meetings law.

An outside attorney is examining all of those text messages.

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