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Ex-Ohio Lawmaker Reimburses Campaign for Tickets

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A former state lawmaker admits he purchased Ohio State University football tickets with campaign money and sold them for a personal profit.

Former state Rep. John Widowfield, a Republican from Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, apologized Wednesday and said he's reimbursed his campaign $13,676 to cover the profit.

Widowfield resigned in May after the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee began investigating.

Officials say buying the tickets was legal, but selling from for a personal profit was an illegal use of campaign funds for personal benefit.

The Ohio Elections Commission continues to review the case, as does a Franklin County prosecutor in Columbus.

Widowfield could face a misdemeanor ethics charge of filing a false financial disclosure statement.

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