A closely divided Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an effort by a former Republican fundraiser to overturn his conviction in a state investment scandal.

The court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal by Tom Noe, whose criminal conviction engulfed Ohio Republicans five years ago.

Just three justices made up the majority in the decision. Two justices dissented and two others recused themselves because of having a past relationship with the defendant.

Noe Sentenced to Prison

Sep 12, 2006

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal to two years and three months in prison for illegally funneling $45,000 to President Bush's re-election campaign.

Tom Noe apologized in federal court in Toledo Tuesday for the scheme to give friends money to donate to Bush.

The donations were to fulfill his promise to generate $50,000 for a presidential fundraiser.

Noe Pleads Guilty

May 31, 2006

Former GOP fundraiser Tom Noe has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he illegally funneled donations to President Bush's re-election campaign.

Tom Noe, from Toledo, says he decided to plead guilty to --quote -- "spare my family and many dear friends" the ordeal of a trial. Prosecutors say Noe gave $45,000 to 24 friends and associates, who then made campaign contributions in their own names. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges in October. Noe also faces state charges of stealing from a $50-million coin investment that he managed for the state workers' compensation fund.

Prosecutors have filed a 53-count indictment against the coin dealer at the heart of the state's investment scandal. The charges filed against Tom Noe in Toledo includes theft, money laundering and forgery. Noe turned himself over to authorites at the Lucas County Courthouse Monday morning. He handled a 50 million dollar investment in rare coins for the state's injured workers fund. His attorney has acknowledged a shortfall of up to 13 mllion dollars, while the state attorney general has accused Noe of stealing up to six mllion.