The key figure in the rare-coin investment scandal that cost theOhio Bureau of Workers' Compensation an estimated $13.7 million wassentenced today to 18 years in prison on state charges.

Tom Noe's sentence will be served after he finishes serving a27-month federal term imposed in September for illegally launderingmore than $45,000 destined for President Bush's re-electioncampaign in 2004.

Judge Thomas Osowik of Lucas County Court also fined Mr. Noe$213,000 and ordered him to pay both the cost of prosecution,estimated at nearly $3 million, and restitution for the moneymissing from the Workers' Compensation Bureau's rare-coin fundinvestment.

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