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Schlichter victim pleads guilty, too

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The bizarre, sad tale of former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter has a bizarre, sad footnote.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, one of the victims of Schlichter’s million-dollar sports ticket scam became a participant.  And she has now pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft.

Anita Barney, 70, was sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.   She also must come up with $427,000 for 19 victims.

But it could have been worse for Barney.  Confronted with testimony at her sentencing hearing from multiple victims from whom she finagled money, Barney claimed that she was victimized by Schlichter.

“Nobody really knows the story,” she said.  “I was coerced.”

Her words caused her victims to walk out of the courtroom, and it prompted tough words from Judge Timothy S. Horton.

“What has moved me the most is her lack of remorse,” Horton said.  “I gave her an opportunity to apologize today.  A simple apology would go a long way.”

It’s not as if Barney needed the money.  Her late husband, Robert, was the president and chairman of Wendy’s.

Bizarre.  Sad.

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9 Responses to “Schlichter victim pleads guilty, too”
  1. bss753 says: Jul 4, 2012 8:17 PM

    This is one part of Baltimore Colts history that the Indy Colts can have. What a disgrace Art Schlichter was and a big disappointment!

  2. hankstramjr says: Jul 4, 2012 8:18 PM

    The point is ladies and gentleman, greed for the lack of a better term, is good.

  3. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 4, 2012 8:42 PM

    Hey Art! Do you like the Cowboys getting the points against the Giants? Help a brother out!

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 4, 2012 10:23 PM

    If she welches on the fine or the community service they will force her to eat all her meals at Wendy’s.

  5. upperdecker19 says: Jul 4, 2012 11:32 PM

    “It’s not as if Barney needed the money. Her late husband, Robert, was the president and chairman of Wendy’s.”

    To put it into terms that she can relate to. That’d make her a “Biggie” sized dirtbag.

  6. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jul 5, 2012 12:52 AM

    Guess she’s a little Frosty.

  7. piemasteruk says: Jul 5, 2012 3:11 AM

    So let’s get this straight, she stole at least $427,000 from people and she’s not even going to jail?!

  8. gafraidh says: Jul 5, 2012 5:09 AM

    Bizarre. Sad. Indeed!

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/02/09/when-her-hope-became-despair.html

  9. duanethomas says: Jul 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    That bum will steal a hot stove. Throw the key away, enough already.

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