Prosecutor argues against Tom Noe's appeal

Tom Noe

A prosecutor is urging the Ohio Supreme Court not to hear the appeal of Tom Noe, the central figure in the state's rare coin investment scandal.

The former Republican fundraiser was convicted in 2006 of stealing from a fund he managed for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation that included investments in coins. Noe's appeal filed last month argues his trial was biased by media coverage so his conviction should be overturned.

The Lucas County Prosecutor's office in Toledo filed a brief with the state Supreme Court yesterday maintaining that Noe's trial was fair and that his conviction was supported by abundant evidence.

Noe is serving an 18-year sentence on theft and other counts. A message was left Friday for his attorney, Rick Kerger.