Government won’t pursue Schlichter’s retirement funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says it’s dropping plans to go after retirement funds for an ex-Ohio State and NFL quarterback who’s serving prison time for scamming participants in a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 57-year-old Art Schlichter (SHLEES’-tuhr), a Fayette County native, owes more than $2.2 million from judgments against him in two separate criminal cases.

Federal prosecutors had sought money in Schlichter’s two NFL retirement funds, but said Thursday they’ve determined Schlichter doesn’t have money in the funds.

Schlichter is serving a nearly 11-year sentence on federal fraud charges. Prosecutors say he promised college and NFL game tickets, including to the Super Bowl, but never delivered despite receiving thousands of dollars in payments.

It’s unclear who’s representing Schlichter. A former attorney said he wasn’t familiar with the government’s request.