- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Cleveland state lawmaker has been convicted of two misdemeanor charges related to the purchase and re-sale of season Ohio State football tickets.

Democratic state Rep. Sandra Williams, a candidate for state Senate, pleaded no contest Friday in Franklin County court to charges she converted campaign funds for personal use and attempted to falsify a related campaign finance report. A judge found her guilty of the offenses. Her sentencing is Dec. 5.

Authorities say Williams’ campaign committee bought a $2,255 pair of Buckeye tickets in 2010, ostensibly “for campaign volunteers.” Williams then sold the tickets to a lobbyist and deposited the proceeds in her personal bank account. Under Ohio law, proceeds were the campaign’s property.

Williams admits wrongdoing, and has apologized and pledged not to repeat the mistake.

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