New Charge Filed Related To State Investment Scandal

CLEVELAND (AP) - The investment scandal at the state insurance fund for injured workers has yielded another criminal charge.

Federal prosecutors in Cleveland have charged an investment marketer with one count of conspiring to bribe the former chief financial officer at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to secure agency business for his clients.

Prosecutors allege Clarke Blizzard gave Terrence Gasper about 20-thousand dollars in cash and gifts, including sports and theater tickets.

Gasper pleaded guilty in June to federal and state charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for doling out agency business. He's cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for a lesser sentence.

The investment scandal, which includes convicted coin dealer Tom Noe, helped push Republicans out of statewide offices in last year's election.