Ex-Ohio lawmaker sentenced on fraud charge eyes Trump pardon

Democratic ex-state Rep. Clayton Luckie, who is black, told the Dayton Daily News pardoning him would be a good way for Republican President Donald Trump to show he cares about the minority community.
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio lawmaker headed to prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud says he did nothing wrong and will seek a presidential pardon.

Democratic ex-state Rep. Clayton Luckie, who is black, told the Dayton Daily News pardoning him would be a good way for Republican President Donald Trump to show he cares about the minority community.

Luckie was sentenced Nov. 15 to four months in prison after a judge rejected a probation recommendation from the U.S. attorney and probation department.

Authorities say Luckie offered his firm as a front for another company to win work intended for disadvantaged businesses and submitted false invoices for thousands of dollars to the city of Dayton.

Luckie left prison in 2016 after serving three years for convictions on charges that included election falsification.