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Weddington Bribery Case No. 12 CR 1313

Weddington Bribery Case No. 12 CR 1313

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Case No. 12 CR 1313State of Ohio,Franklin County, ss:
INDICTMENT FOR: Bribery (2921.02R.C.) (F-3) (1 Count); ElectionFalsification (3599.36 R.C.) (F-5)(1 Count); Ethics Violations(102.02 R.C.) (M-1) (1 Count);(Total: 3 Counts)
In the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio, of the Grand Juryterm beginning January thirteenth the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twelve.Count 1 The Jurors of the Grand Jury of the State of Ohio, duly selected,impaneled, sworn, and charged to inquire of crimes and offenses committedwithin the body of Franklin County, in the State of Ohio, upon their oath dofind and present that Wilburn Carlton Weddington, late of said County, fromon or about January 20, 2011 to December 13, 2011, within the County of Franklin aforesaid, in violation of section 2921.02 of the Ohio Revised Code,after he was elected, qualified, employed, or sworn as a public servant, didknowingly solicit or accept for himself a valuable thing or valuable benefit tocorrupt or improperly influence him with respect to the discharge of his duty,to wit: as an elected member of the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio House of Representatives, 27
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Ohio House District, did solicit or accept United Statescurrency, an all expense paid trip to Napa Valley, California, an all expensepaid trip to South Beach Miami, Florida, and campaign contributions in cashand checks to corrupt or influence him in the performance of his duties as aState Representative that included introduction of legislative bills, seeking-1-
 
draft bills from the Legislative Service Commission, seeking co-sponsors forbills, and issuing a press-release from his legislative office, a felony of thethird degree,Count 2 The Jurors of the Grand Jury of the State of Ohio, duly selected,impaneled, sworn, and charged to inquire of crimes and offenses committedwithin the body of Franklin County, in the State of Ohio, upon their oath dofurther find and present that Wilburn Carlton Weddington late of said County,on or about February 1, 2012, within the County of Franklin aforesaid, inviolation of Section 3599.36 of the Ohio Revised Code, did in writing in astatement made under penalty of Election Falsification, did knowingly state afalsehood as to a material matter in relation to which a statement underpenalty of election falsification is authorized by law, to wit: did file his ownCommittee to Elect W. Carlton Weddington annual campaign finance reportelectronically with the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State and such reportfalsely stated contributions, expenditures, and total financial figures for saidreport, a felony of the fifth degree;Count 3 The Jurors of the Grand Jury of the State of Ohio, duly selected,impaneled, sworn, and charged to inquire of crimes and offenses committedwithin the body of Franklin County, in the State of Ohio, upon their oath dofurther find and present that Wilburn Carlton Weddington late of said County,on or about February 6, 2012, within the County of Franklin aforesaid, inviolation of Section 102.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, did knowingly file afalse statement that is required to be filed under Section 102.02, OhioRevised Code, to wit: as a member of the Ohio General Assembly, OhioHouse of Representatives, 27
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Ohio House District he was required to file aethics financial disclosure statement and in such statement that was filedwith the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee on February 6, 2012 failed todisclose gifts, travel and lodging expenses, a misdemeanor of the first- -2
 
degree, contrary to the statute in such cases made and provided against thepeace and dignity of the State of Ohio.RON O’BRIENProsecuting AttorneyFranklin County, Ohio
A TRUE BILL
 Ron O’BrienProsecuting Attorneyand ______________________________  Jeffrey A. BlakeAssistant Prosecuting Attorney Foreperson, Grand Jury- -3

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