Ohio Democrat Faces 49 Counts of Corruption

Clayton Luckie / beta.wosu.org


After taking nearly $130,000 from his campaign, State Rep. Clayton Luckie, an Ohio Democrat, has been charged with 45 felony counts and four misdemeanors related to the theft of campaign cash as well as more than 20 counts of election falsification.

The most serious charge against Luckie is a first-degree felony that could land him 11 years in prison.

The Dayton Daily News reports:

Charges include theft in office, money laundering, forgery, tampering with records, tampering with evidence, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and filing false ethics statements for failing to disclose four separate loans. …

Luckie sent campaign cash to his personal checking accounts, made almost $19,000 in ATM withdrawals, and spent almost $40,000 in 800 debit card transactions, according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. He made $1,700 in cash withdrawals from the campaign account at casinos in Indiana, Florida and West Virginia, made an $1,800 online transfer from his campaign account to make a home equity line of credit payment to a bank and spent campaign cash at Morris Home Furnishings, Weber Jewelers, Famous Footwear, Nordstrom and other retail stores, according to O’Brien.

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