Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
January 2013: Former state representative Clayton Luckie, a Dayton Democrat, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts and an ethics charge and is sentenced to three years in prison.
June 2012: Former state representative W. Carlton Weddington, a Columbus Democrat, pleaded guilty to bribery and elections falsification charges and is sentenced to three years in prison.
June 2012: Carl W. Shye Jr., of New Albany, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one embezzlement count, admitting that he illegally took $472,579.90 in federal funds between 2005 and 2011 while serving as treasurer for four charter schools.
May 2010: Former Attorney General Marc Dann, a Democrat was convicted of ethics violations for filing false financial disclosure statements and for using his campaign account to make supplemental payments to two top aides, Anthony Gutierrez and Leo Jennings III. Gutierrez, Jennings, Dann’s former chief of staff Edgar Simpson, and Dann’s now ex-wife Alyssa Lenhoff were each convicted of ethics violations.
September 2007: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation former chief investment officer James McLean was charged with an ethics violation for failing to disclose gifts.
July 2007: Former chairman of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation oversight board, George Forbes, is charged with ethics violations for accepting and failing to report freebies from BWC vendors.
April 2007: Three former Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation investment officials are charged with ethics violations.
November 2006: Thomas Noe, a Republican and rare coin dealer from suburban Toledo, is convicted on 29 felony counts including theft, money laundering, forgery and corrupt activity and is sentenced to 18 years in prison. Noe ran a $50 million rare coin investment portfolio for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Noe was also convicted in federal court for violating campaign finance laws for funneling more than $45,000 into George W. Bush’s 2003 re-election campaign.
September 2006: Four former board members of the State Teachers Retirement System are sentenced to probation and community service for ethics violations. The board members received meals, gifts and entertainment tickets from STRS vendors, investigators found. Three other STRS officials had been previously convicted of ethics violations: board members Jack Chapman and Hazel Sidaway and former executive director Herb Dyer.
June 2006: Terrence Gasper, former chief financial officer at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, pleaded guilty in federal court to a racketeering charge and in state court to money laundering and failing to report gifts.
August 2005: Then-Gov. Bob Taft pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges of filing incomplete financial disclosure statements when he failed to report golf outings and other gifts from 2001 to 2004. He was found guilty, fined $4,000 and ordered to apologize to Ohioans.
July 2005: Brian Hicks, former chief of staff to Bob Taft, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor ethics count stemming from when he paid less than fair market value for stays at rare coin dealer Tom Noe’s $1.3 million Florida home. He failed to report the stays as gifts on his financial disclosure statements. Hicks’ former assistant also was convicted of receiving free meals from Noe.
• June 2005: Former Dayton firefighter David Harker pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor ethics counts for trips and gratuities received while serving as an Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund trustee. Six months earlier, former Dayton police detective Tom Bennett was sentenced to probation and community service for violations committed as a pension trustee.
• August-September 2004: Matthew Borges, former chief of staff for then-state treasurer Joe Deters, pleaded guilty to giving preferential treatment to some investment brokers. Eric Sagun, Deters’ fund-raiser, was convicted of an election law violation. Lobbyist Andrew Futey pleaded guilty, was fined and put on probation for helping a stockbroker get business with Deters’ office.
• February 2004: Luther Heckman, chairman of the Ohio Racing Commission, resigned after a report accused racing commissioners of accepting food, drink, travel and gifts from racetracks they oversee.
• November 2003: Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Rob Tongren resigned after a report criticized him for destroying a document and taking free meals and golf from utility companies. In 2005 he pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor ethics violations.
• September 2003: Ohio State Fair Director Richard Frenette resigned after being accused of accepting freebies from fair vendors.
• August 2002: Ohio Turnpike Commission Director Gino Zomparelli is forced out of office after an investigation concludes he and his staff accepted gifts from contractors.
• July 2002: Ohio School Facilities Commission Director Randy Fischer resigns after news articles about how he took freebies from state contractors. Fischer entered a no contest plea to two misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charges in 2003.
— Sources: The Associated Press, Dayton Daily News research, Ohio Ethics Commission