Indicted Ohio lawmaker goes on trial in January

By Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio state lawmaker indicted on 49 charges of theft, corruption and money laundering goes on trial in January.

Authorities say state Rep. Clayton Luckie, a four-term Dayton Democrat, skimmed nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for personal use and failed to list campaign expenditures for six years.

Luckie, who has pleaded not guilty, announced he wouldn't seek re-election amid the investigation but declined to resign and remains in office until Dec. 31.

Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe said the trial date was set for Jan. 22 after a pre-trial conference Thursday.

House Democratic leaders stripped Luckie of his committee assignments after he was indicted and he didn't return to the Statehouse for any votes.

Ohio's Republican chairman says Luckie's staying did a disservice to his district.

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