Ohio State Lawmaker Indicted On Theft, Money Laundering Charges


UPDATED: Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:25 PM

An Ohio state lawmaker was indicted on 49 charges of theft in office, money laundering and corruption related to the use of his campaign funds on Tuesday.

Agents said he illegally used his political campaign account as a virtual cash machine.
    
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the charges against state Rep. Clayton Luckie on Wednesday.
    
O'Brien and Cincinnati-based FBI agent Edward Hanko said the charges against the fourth-term Dayton Democrat resulted from Luckie's failure to list campaign expenditures since 2006.

Agents said Luckie withdrew cash from his campaign ATM to illegally pay himself. They said he also forged documents to show had spent at places like the German Village Inn when he really had not.

A list of the alleged illegal expenses looks like this:

    169 ATM withdrawals for $19,000
    Checks written to himself for $9,825
    800 debit card transactions for $40,000

It was all to buy things like jewelry, Nordstrom merchandise and trips to casinos. 

"You don't cheat, lie or steal. And when you're an elected official, that goes ten fold and Mr. Luckie never learned that those are some tenants in life we all go by," said Hanko.

O'Brien charged Luckie with 49 counts, including RICO charges that have the potential for a sentence of more than 10 years.

Luckie has said he will finish out his term ending in December but isn't seeking re-election.
    
Democrats currently hold 40 of 99 state House seats. O'Brien is a Republican.

Luckie turned himself into authorities on Wednesday morning. His bond hearing had to be rescheduled after he passed out in the afternoon.

At a re-scheduled 4 p.m. hearing, Luckie pleaded not guilty. A judge set his bond $100,000.

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