Ohio governor urges hearing on coin dealer's clemency bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich has asked the state Parole Board to hold a hearing on a clemency request for a former Toledo-area coin dealer who raised money for Ohio Republicans before being convicted in a state investment scandal that also ensnared a former governor.

The Blade reports the board didn't hold a hearing last month when it recommended against leniency for Tom Noe.

The newspaper reports Kasich spokesman Jon Keeling says Kasich has a record of "pushing for careful consideration of complex cases" and hopes that happens in "this situation."

Noe, now 64, was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 18 years for stealing a $50 million rare-coin fund he oversaw for Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The scandal came to be known as "Coingate."

Noe's ex-wife, Bernadette Restivo, says he's cautiously optimistic."

Board offices were closed Sunday.

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