Former Ohio State Representative John Widowfield, who was charged with buying Ohio State University football tickets with campaign money and selling them for his own personal profit, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court next week to be arraigned.
Widowfield has admitted to the charges and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Thursday that he expects the ex-lawmaker to plead guilty on the two charges of filing a false financial disclosure statement and converting campaign funds into personal use, according to a report from the Associated Press.
“It’s what I expected and what I hoped for when I made this self-referral to them. I understand I did wrong and I’m prepared to have justice served,” Widowfield said to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I’m going to stand in front of the judge. I’d like to see this all wrapped up so I can move forward with my life and get back to being a contributing member to society.”
Widowfield, who resigned from his public office in the legislature in May amid the accusations, could face a possible six-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine for each charge. Last week he apologized and claims to have reimbursed the campaign nearly $14,000 to cover his profits.
Donald Brey, attorney for Widowfield, told the Akron Beacon Journal that he expects his client to be fined but not sentenced to any jail time for the charges, both of which are misdemeanors.