INDIANAPOLIS. Former Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, who was found unconscious at the Hampton Inn in Ohio in June, has been released from jail less than a year after he was charged with federal ticket fraud in connection with a major ticket fraud. as a result of which the victims were defrauded of millions of dollars. .
The officers found what they thought was cocaine in Schlichter's hotel room.
Police responded to an overdose report at the Hampton Inn on Lyman Drive in Hilliard, Ohio, according to court documents. Authorities were unable to get the 62-year-old Schlichter to comment.
Narcan, a nasal spray used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses that include symptoms of respiratory distress, has been revived. Schlichter was then taken to the hospital.
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A substance found in Schlichter's hotel room tested positive for cocaine, according to court documents. Schlichter was charged with fifth-degree cocaine possession.
Schlichter, a former Ohio State quarterback, was selected fourth overall by the Baltimore Colts in the 1982 NFL Draft.
On Friday, he will appear in municipal court in Franklin County.
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After two decades of consecutive convictions fueled by a gambling addiction that led to embezzlement and theft and ruined his NFL dream, Schlichter was released in June 2021.
Court records show that Schlichter was eligible for parole on June 13, 2021, and was released from the Trumbull Correctional Center in Lewittsburg, Ohio, the next day.
According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Schlichter was under "APA supervision" for the next five years. This means judges will be overseen by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, which is responsible for reintegrating adult offenders into the community.
As part of his parole, Schlichter had to sign a contract to comply with several laws, including not owning firearms, using illegal drugs, or leaving the state without notifying the parole officer. .
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“My advice to anyone who comes into contact with Mr. Schlichter is not to engage in any sort of trade, purchase, or other transaction involving the transfer of money,” said former Franklin, Ohio District Attorney Ron O'Brien. Judges. In prison, Indystar stated in 2021.
"[He's] a professional criminal who is a professional con artist," O'Brien said. "He can't help it, he's been doing it all his life."
IndyStar contacted Schlichter's attorney, Stephen Palmer, who did not immediately respond Wednesday evening.
"He went through rehab."
In September 2011, Schlichter pleaded guilty to a massive ticketing scheme that netted millions of dollars to his victims. In this scheme, he promised buyers college and NFL tickets, but never delivered the tickets despite being paid. He was convicted and released on bail.
Four months later, in January 2012, Schlichter's bail was waived for drug use. According to court documents, Schlichter was charged with violating house arrest, testing twice positive for cocaine, and refusing to submit a urine test. He was taken to prison.
In May 2012, Schlichter was sentenced to approximately 11 years in federal prison in Florence, Colorado and 10 years in Ohio State Penitentiary. Both sentences were to be served at the same time, and Schlichter will be released on August 18, 2020 if he demonstrates good behaviour.
But inside the prison, Schlichter forced women outside of the prison to bet with him months before he was due to get out of prison, O'Brien told IndyStar.
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According to O'Brien, he also made bets with other prisoners. Prison officials learned from letters and phone calls that the Arbiter was playing inside. According to prison records, he was banned from email for 90 days due to gambling.
Per year In 2020, Indystar communicated exclusively with the referee. He said he wanted to tell his story about his unfair treatment by the courts and prosecutors.
In the year that Schlichter is released in 2021, O'Brien says he has "passed through a phase of reform."
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