Former OSU QB Schlichter investigated
Authorities are investigating a former Ohio State quarterback over a sports ticket scam that involved millions of dollars swindled from dozens of victims, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.
Art Schlichter, 50, reportedly solicited sums ranging from $29,000 to more than $200,000 for what he said was an "investment opportunity" that involved selling tickets for sports events, including Ohio State football games.
The payoff was supposed to have taken place during the Super Bowl, but Schlichter failed to deliver the coveted tickets, according to sources close to the situation.
One of his alleged victims was Anita Barney, 68, the widow of former Wendy's CEO and chairman Robert Barney. Barney drained her personal assets supporting Schlichter and had turned to her friends for help, asking them for loans. It was not clear how much Barney had handed over to Schlichter.
She told The Dispatch she wanted to tell her story but was advised by her lawyer not to say anything at this time.
Schlichter, a known compulsive gambler, was believed to have used the money to gamble. He said he would speak with authorities soon, without elaborating further.
The former All-American quarterback has served time in 44 prisons, mostly for fraud and forgery, since 1994.