Noe sentenced to 18 years in state prison Toledo Blade
Ohio GOP fund-raiser gets 18 years in prison
TOLEDO, Ohio — A former GOP fundraiser was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday for embezzling at least $1.1 million from a state investment in rare coins, part of a scandal that contributed to the Republican Party's loss of the governor's office.
Tom Noe, a politically connected coin dealer, was convicted last week of theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records.
He was convicted last week of theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records. He faced a minimum sentence of 10 years on the corrupt activity charge, the most serious.
``Based on a review of the record, a short prison term would demean your conduct,'' Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Osowik told Noe.