OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Former State Representative, Butler County Commissioner and Children Services Director Michael Fox will soon go to jail for four years. A federal judge decided that last month after Fox pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to filing a false tax return.
Now Fox is trying to clear his name saying he didn't commit the crimes and only agreed on a plea deal in order to avoid a longer jail sentence.
FOX19's Cory Stark asked Fox three tough questions.
The crimes that you are accused of that you say you did not commit. Is it even more difficult to know you'll spend the next four years in prison?
"Some day you get the bear and some days the bear gets you," said Fox. "Politics is a tough game and I broke the first rule. I allowed myself to get in the target zone so all of the enemies that I had could come in and say let me tell you about this guy. And there is a difference between he's a bad guy and breaking the law."
Fox's legal troubles stem from 2001, when Fox served as a Butler County Commissioner. He was working to get a fiber optic communication's system in the county. The contract went to his long-time friend's company, Normap.
Allegedly the company sent Fox $460,000 to pay off a $303,000 loan for the project. Fox allegedly did not report that payment to the IRS.
What do you think your legacy will be?
"My legacy is that Mike Fox is a person that they know they can trust to stand up for them if they are in the right," said Fox. "My legacy is the 10s of thousands of people who throughout my career called and had a problem with government that wasn't being responsive. My legacy is that I made government work."