Art Schlichter due in court, accused of stealing $1 million

Art Schlichter, the fourth overall pick in the 1982 NFL draft, is due in court today on charges that he stole more than $1 million from a 68-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio.

According to multiple reports, Schlichter is now saying he will cooperate with a police investigation into fraudulent sales of football tickets, a scam that apparently involved people giving Schlichter money for tickets and Schlichter then failing to follow through and produce the tickets.

The victim in the case is a woman Schlichter met 30 years ago, when he was the star quarterback at Ohio State. He allegedly convinced her to invest in the bogus ticket scheme.

Schlichter, who has spent 10 years of his life in prison because of crimes related to his compulsive gambling, is expected to stay in jail while he awaits charges because he is already on probation for similar offenses in Indiana. Schlichter bet on football in violation of league rules during his rookie season with the Baltimore Colts, was suspended for all of the 1983 season, and played in only 13 games in his NFL career.

15 responses to “Art Schlichter due in court, accused of stealing $1 million

  1. Some people are just beyond help and Art Schlichter has long since proven he is one of those people.

  2. Maybe if Art agrees to give them tickets to next years game they will drop the charges. Seems like the going rate.

  3. Schlicter maintains he was upfront with his clients from the start. Telling them that their financial contributions were being used to support Art in their community.

  4. 1. i feel bad for the elederly lady who lost so much money
    2. schlichter is one sick guy
    3. knowing how much money schlichter has stolen and swindled from others, how is it schlichter has not been found in a ditch or floating down a river?

  5. why would anybody at all allow this man acess to any of their monetary accounts?nobody deserves this,but stupid is stupid no matter which angle you view it from!

  6. blackqbwhiterb says:
    Feb 15, 2011 9:50 AM
    coulda been a great QB…………………Instead, he’s football’s Pete Rose

    Please don’t compare Art Schlichter to Pete Rose. Pete obviously had a problem with gambling, but it never affected his playing career and he’s one of the best players in baseball history. Schlichter never cared about anything except gambling and played in a grand total of 13 games with a stellar career line of 3 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

  7. FoozieGrooler says:
    Schlichter is in court for fraud, by selling tickets to seats that weren’t real.

    Uhm… how is this different from what Jerry pulled?

    Post of the Month!

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