Ohio lawmaker working as auctioneer is convicted of theft

AP News
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:24 PM

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio lawmaker accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer has been convicted on a felony theft charge and immediately removed from office under state law.

An Ottawa County jury on Monday convicted Rep. Steve Kraus of theft but acquitted him on a breaking and entering charge. A burglary charge was dismissed previously.

The Republican from Sandusky has maintained his innocence. His attorney has said he took items from a Port Clinton home to inventory them for auction at the request of a real estate agent.

House Republican spokeswoman Brittany Warner says Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is reviewing the verdict and working to establish a timeline for the GOP caucus to select Kraus' replacement.

Kraus' sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21.