Multiple individuals defrauded in a scheme perpetrated by former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter and his accomplice should receive money from the former player's share of a national concussion settlement, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in a federal court filing last week.


Schlichter is serving a nearly 11-year sentence on federal fraud charges. He promised college and NFL game tickets, including to the Super Bowl, but never delivered despite receiving thousands of dollars in payments.


One of Schlichter's victims was retiree Anita Barney, the widow of a former Wendy's CEO, who lost nearly her entire life savings. Yet Barney also defrauded multiple friends and acquaintances under Schlichter's direction and ultimately pleaded guilty to two felony theft counts for her involvement in the scheme, narrowly avoiding prison time. She was ordered to pay $427,000 to 19 victims.


Schlichter has received nearly $700,000 from a national settlement with the NFL over concussions suffered by players, according to O’Brien’s court filing.


Of that, Barney is entitled to about $177,000 as one of Schlichter's victims, the filing said. However, O'Brien wants that money to go to Barney's victims.


O'Brien asked a judge to order the money, currently held by a federal clerk of courts, be turned over to the state, which would allow it to be distributed to the victims. That is the "only vehicle available to the State of Ohio and the victims of Ms. Barney to obtain justice," O'Brien said.


A phone message and an email message were left with Barney's attorney seeking comment.


Meanwhile, a defense attorney is again seeking early release for the 60-year-old Schlichter because of dangers presented by the coronavirus to prison inmates.


Schlichter suffers from multiple health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and dementia, attorney Stephen Palmer said.


O'Brien's office opposes the move and notes that just three months ago, Schlichter was disciplined by prison authorities for gambling. He is housed in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado.


Schlichter played for Ohio State from 1978-81 and later for the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills of the NFL.


Before his most recent conviction, Schlichter spent 10 years in prison in Indiana for other gambling-related crimes.


Upon release in 2006, Schlichter wrote a book about his addiction, "Busted," and became an anti-gambling crusader. But even as he railed against casinos during church appearances, he was racking up new gambling debts.