Former Ohio State Representative Clayton R. Luckie, II Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
|FBI Cincinnati January 22, 2013|
COLUMBUS, OH—Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien today announced that former Dayton-area State Representative Clayton R. Luckie, II pleaded guilty to eight felonies and one misdemeanor and was sentenced to three years in prison in relation to acts committed while serving in the Ohio General Assembly.
Special Agent in Charge Hanko stated, “When public officials betray the trust that has been given to them, it can have a devastating impact on our system of government. These officials are accountable for their actions and when they violate the law, there are very real consequences.” SAC Hanko went on to say, “I would like to thank Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and his staff for their hard work in this investigation and the plea negotiations. This is another example of federal, state, and county officials working together in pursuit of justice.”
Specifically, Luckie pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering, one count of grand theft, six counts of election falsification (one for each year he was in office), and one count of failure to disclose on state ethics disclosure statements. As a part of the plea agreement, Luckie will also have to make restitution in the amount of $11,893 to the State of Ohio Treasury for the salary he received as a state representative following his indictment on October 10, 2012.
Luckie was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2006 and withdrew his name from the November 2012 ballot when he acknowledged the existence of this criminal investigation. However, he did not resign and served the remainder of his term until December 31, 2012.
The original 49-count indictment against Luckie alleged a pattern of intent to steal campaign funds, spend these funds for personal use, and falsify required financial disclosure forms to cover up these unlawful acts.
SAC Hanko noted that the sentence was the result of a lengthy investigation by FBI special agents with the support of FBI professional staff in the Columbus Resident Agency.