Ohio senator avoids jail time for campaign finance violations

Ohio senator avoids jail time for campaign finance violations

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - State Representative Sandra Williams was sentenced Friday morning after pleading no contest and being found guilty of campaign finance violations.

The charges involve her selling Ohio State Football tickets to a lobbyist who reimbursed her for the $2225 cost. But, when Williams got his check she put it in her personal account not her campaign account.

Williams called the deposit a mistake.

"This has been a very humbling experience for me and I just want to reiterate that I am very very sorry for my actions," said Williams.

Williams was fined $2000.    She could have been jailed for up to six months.  The charges were first degree misdemeanors.

Part of her sentence will be to report the money as income to the IRS.

The conviction is unlikely to effect her recent election to the State Senate; however, that is a decision that will be made by the Senate.

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