Prosecutor: Ex-NFL QB Art Schlichter Has Women Gamble for Him from Prison

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 16, 2020

In this Thursday, Sept 15, 2011 file photo, Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter listens as Judge Timothy Horton reads him his sentence in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus, Ohio. The government is going after retirement funds for Schlichter, an ex-Ohio State and NFL quarterback who’s serving prison time for scamming participants in a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.  (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)
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Former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence stemming from an illegal sports ticket scheme, has apparently found a way to continue gambling while behind bars. 

Schlichter has a history of gambling addiction and previously spent around 10 years in prison in Indiana for gambling-related crimes.

Per Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis StarFranklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien wrote in a federal filing that Schlichter hasn't fulfilled the terms of sentencing he originally received in 2012. 

"He is a career criminal and he has stolen from people forever," O'Brien wrote. "He has not engaged in good behavior. He claims to be a gambling addict, which I believe to be true. He has continued to gamble in federal prison using some female acquaintances of his outside the prison."

In May 2012, a United States district court judge sentenced Schlichter to 10 years, seven months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing millions of dollars from people by promising he could obtain tickets to high-profile sporting events and selling them for profit, but he instead kept the investor money for himself.

Schlichter was also ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution. 

Benbow noted that defense attorney Stephen Palmer said that Schlichter, who is scheduled to be released on Aug. 18, shouldn't have to serve additional time for the state. 

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"We can only take so much pounds of flesh out of one human," Palmer said. "He did his crimes, he's served his time. Time to let him out."

Palmer also stated that Schlichter has numerous health issues, including CTE from playing football, and is diabetic. 

Prior to his current sentence, Schlichter served around 10 years in prison between 1992-2006 stemming from multiple arrests on various gambling, fraud and theft crimes. 

Schlichter was the No. 4 overall draft pick by the Baltimore Colts out of Ohio State in 1982. He played parts of three seasons in the NFL and bounced around the CFL and AFL before his professional football career ended in 1992.