49 days and counting from being indicted on 49 criminal charges, including 45 felonies, disgraced Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie continues to receive a taxpayer-funded salary.
Luckie is under federal indictment for 49 counts of criminal activity in one of the largest FBI investigations of the Ohio Democratic Caucus in Ohio legislative history. Forty-five of these counts, such as theft in office and money laundering, are felonies. Speaker of the House William Batchelder (R-Medina) immediately called for Luckie’s resignation when the indictment was issued more than a month ago.
“Enough is enough and the fact that Clayton Luckie continues to take a taxpayer paycheck while facing charges of lying, cheating, and stealing is a disgrace to the Democrat Caucus and an outrageous affront to the people of his district,” said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett. “Lukie has four times as many felony charges as Bernie Madoff and he still hasn’t resigned.”
“Chairman Redfern, Minority Leader Budish, and other top Democrats offered lip service and slaps to Luckie’s wrist, but have done absolutely nothing meaningful to remove Luckie from office,” said Bennett. “Democrat party leaders can force Luckie to resign today.”
On November 14, 2006, Luckie, supported by former Governor Ted Strickland, was appointed by the Democrat Party to the 39th House District seat that was vacated by Dixie Allen after she left her seat to run for county commissioner as a Republican. Luckie’s October 10th indictment is a result of a continuing investigation by the FBI, which began 19 months ago, into the issue of payday lending legislation in the Ohio General Assembly.
The same investigation resulted in the conviction of former Democrat State Representative Carlton Weddington to three-year prison sentence for bribery, election falsification, and ethics violations. Weddington resigned from office after he was indicted.
Clayton Luckie still on State Payroll
“Although he has been all but barred from voting on state matters, embattled Ohio Rep. Clayton Luckie continues to receive a paycheck as he waits out his final months in office.” (“Indicted State Rep Still on Payroll,” Dayton Daily News 11/14/12)
FBI Indicts Luckie after 1 ½ Year Investigation
“The most serious charge contained in the indictment is engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, commonly referred to as a RICO charge, in which it is alleged that Luckie used his office and the campaign committee in order to commit a series of unlawful predicate crimes such as theft in office, money laundering, and tampering with records, in order to establish, facilitate or carry on a series of illegal and corrupt acts. That charge is a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison.” (Press Release, FBI Cincinnati, 10/10/12)
“From there, a forensic accountant at the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed a paper trail that revealed an alleged scheme by Luckie to siphon off as much as $130,000 in campaign cash for spending at casinos and furniture, jewelry and clothing stores, making a payment on a home equity loan and transferring money into his personal bank accounts, authorities said.” (“Dayton Lawmaker Faces 45 Felonies,” Dayton Daily News, 10/10/12)
Batchelder Calls on Luckie to Resign
“Speaker William Batchelder said Wednesday that Rep. Clayton Luckie has damaged the public’s trust in the House and should resign. Batchelder, a Republican, says it’s in “the best interest” of the Legislature and the people of Ohio that Luckie leave office.” (“Ohio House Leader Calls on Lawmaker to Resign,” Associated Press, 10/10/12)
Luckie Appointed by Joyce Beatty
“The Democratic Party plans to appoint Dayton school board member Clayton Luckie to finish the term of state Rep. Dixie Allen if Republicans appoint Allen to the Montgomery County Commission as expected.” (“Controversy swirls around Allen’s decision to change party,” Dayton Daily News, 7/18/06)