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Clayton Luckie Pleads Guilty In Federal Corruption Probe

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Jerry Kenney
(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

One of four men indicted on federal corruption charges has pled guilty. Former State Rep. Clayton Luckie entered his guilty plea to a single count of mail fraud, though his indictment under an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton also included a felony count of wire fraud.

The investigation into the city’s handling of lucrative government contracts was revealed in April and has so far resulted in charges against four Dayton men, and officials say more charges are likely.

Clayton Luckie’s attorney Aaron Durden says his client’s case isn’t linked to the other indictments in the ongoing federal corruption probe.

"His case is disassociated with any of the other current cases, nor is it expected that he's to participate in anything else in the future. He had to stand for his own issues and we hope when the sentencing occurs it will be for his actions only and not associated with anyone else," Durden says. 

This isn’t the former Democratic state representative’s first brush with the courts.

In early 2013, Luckie entered plea deals on nine felony and misdemeanor charges involving political corruption, misuse of campaign funds and theft in office.

Luckie wants to put the government’s current allegations of devising a fraudulent scheme to help disadvantaged businesses behind him, Durden says.

"He is industrious, he continues to work" he says. "He has recovered from his prior mishap and has restarted his life. And this seems to be a bump in the road. And we acknowledge that and that's why we saw an earlier resolution of this matter. Keep in mind this occurred three years ago."

In a statement, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Ben Glassman called Luckie’s plea, “another step in the legal process.”

Glassman declined to comment further on the department’s ongoing investigation.

Luckie was charged in late April. Also indicted were former City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, RoShawn Winburn with the city of Dayton’s Human Relations Council, and Dayton businessman Brian Higgins.

All three have entered pleas of not guilty.

For his part, Luckie faces up to 20 years behind bars. He remains free on bond until sentencing in November.

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Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding Americainitiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.
Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.