Ex-NFL Quarterback Schlichter Charged In $1M Theft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter, whose NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction, was charged Monday with stealing more than $1 million from a 68-year-old woman in suburban Columbus.

Schlichter has offered to cooperate with an ongoing police investigation into the sale of Ohio State football tickets and 2011 Super Bowl tickets, according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who didn’t provide details on how the theft charge was related to the ticket investigation.

Schlichter, 50, was charged in Franklin County Municipal Court with one count of theft alleging he stole more than $1 million from the woman in suburban Dublin by deceiving her about the reason he took the money.

He took the money in cash, checks and credit card charges, according to the charge, which could also involve higher penalties because the woman is considered elderly under Ohio law. More charges are also likely against Schlichter, probably in federal court, his attorney said Monday without offering details.

Schlichter told reporters he had no comment as he surrendered at the county prosecutor’s office Monday morning. He’s due in court Tuesday.

Schlichter has been forthcoming with investigators and intends to cooperate, said his attorney, Sam Shamansky. Schlichter will likely remain in jail because he is on probation for similar offenses in Indiana, O’Brien said.

Schlichter, who played for Ohio State between 1978 and 1981, spent 10 years in prison for gambling-related crimes. He played for the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, and the Detroit and Cincinnati Arena League teams. The NFL has suspended him for life.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • JLP45

    Gotta love Schlichter everytime he gets caught doing something he’s nice and coopertive. Put in a nice place with slots and people to play games with, use funny money and leave him alone. It’s an addiction he will quit when he’s ready or not!!!

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