- Associated Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - A former Ohio State and NFL quarterback facing 10 years in prison on fraud charges is requesting drug abuse counseling while behind bars.

Art Schlichter (SHLEES’-tuhr) is scheduled for sentencing next month in a fraud case stemming from a million-dollar ticket-selling scheme.

An attorney for the 52-year-old Schlichter on Thursday asked a federal judge to recommend his client for a 500-hour federal prisons drug abuse program.

Schlichter, of suburban Columbus, is also asking for a recommendation that he be sent to a prison close to the city.

Schlichter, due for sentencing Feb. 7, was jailed last week after authorities said he violated the conditions of his bond by testing positive for cocaine use while free on house arrest.

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