CINCINNATI (AP) -- A former state legislator who also was a southwest Ohio county commissioner has been sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and filing a false tax return.
A federal judge sentenced Michael A. Fox in Cincinnati on Monday. Fox pleaded guilty to the charges in a deal with prosecutors.
The conspiracy charge involved payment of nearly $500,000 that prosecutors said Fox received for helping an attorney get a $1 million telecommunications contract with Butler County. Fox was a commissioner there after spending more than 20 years in the Ohio House.
Corruption charges alleging Fox received kickbacks from businesses to get them county contracts were dismissed.
Fox's attorney did not return calls.
Fox is recovering from knee surgery and will surrender later to authorities.