Former Butler Co. politician to begin prison sentence

Michael Fox
Michael Fox

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Former Butler County commissioner Michael Fox is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Friday to begin a four-year term in federal prison.

Fox pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

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.

Fox maintains his innocence, saying he agreed to a plea deal to avoid a longer prison term.

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