Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter spent roughly a decade in prison because of a huge ticket scheme. It wasn’t until this summer that he was released from the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Ohio.
Schlichter, the No. 4 overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, became eligible for parole on June 13. He was released the very next day.
The reason Schlichter ended up in prison is because he was involved in a ticket scheme in 2011 that swindled millions of dollars from victims. The scheme promised football tickets to buyers that never delivered.
Schlichter was then sentenced to nearly 11 years in the Federal Correctional Institute and 10 years in an Ohio penitentiary.
After a run of prison sentences that spanned two decades — brought on by a gambling addiction that led to financial fraud, theft and shattered an NFL dream — former Colts quarterback Art Schlichter has been released from prison.https://t.co/dlRi98XMh9
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 1, 2021
Even though Schlichter has been released from prison, former Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien isn’t sure Schlichter has learned his lesson.
“My advice to anyone coming upon Mr. Schlichter is that they not engage in any business transactions or any purchases or any other transactions that would involve giving him any money,” O’Brien said, via Indy Star. “He is a career criminal engaged in fraud as a career. He just cannot help himself. He will do this the rest of his life.”
Schlichter was very popular coming out of Ohio State due to all his success at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, he never really got to show his skillset at the pro level because he was constantly in trouble.