Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter has been taken to Franklin County Jail after surrendering to authorities following theft charges on Feb. 14, said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien in a press release.
Schlichter’s attorney, Sam Shamansky, surrendered him at O’Brien’s office, offering to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into a sports ticket scam the Schlicter allegedly headed.
Schlichter, 50, of Washington Court House, has been charged with a first-degree felony of theft by deception for using the scam to steal more than $1 million from Anita Barney and other victims. O’Brien confirmed that tickets to OSU football games and the 2011 Super Bowl were involved in the scam.
Detective Scott Davis of the Dublin Police Department filed charges in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Schlichter will probably remain in custody until the Franklin County Grand Jury considers his case because he is on probation for similar offenses in Marion County, Indiana. The new charges are expected to lead Marion County to put a probation violation holder on Schlichter, which would keep him in custody even if he could post bond, according to the release.
If convicted, Schlichter could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
He could not be reached for comment.
In connection with Schlichter is Barney, 68, of Dublin. The widow of former Wendy’s CEO and Chairman Robert Barney, she claims Schlichter convinced her to invest in his operation that sold tickets to OSU football games and other sporting events between 2009 and November 2010, according to the release.
Barney continued to financially support Schlichter’s scheme until her assets were drained, at which point Schlichter pressured her to solicit money from other connections. It is unknown how many people invested in the scam.
Schlichter was unable to deliver any return on the investments, and it is suspected that he lost the money while gambling.
Schlichter gained notoriety as a quarterback at OSU from 1978 until 1981, earning All-America honors in 1979. The Baltimore Colts picked him fourth overall in the 1982 NFL Draft, but was banned from the NFL in 1987 after pleading guilty to illegal gambling.
He served more than 10 years in prison between 1994 and 2006 for several cases including fraud and theft.
O’Brien requests that anyone who believes they were a victim in the scheme involving Schlichter should contact his office at 614-525-3555.