A Westerville lawyer was arrested Jan. 26 for allegedly accepting prescription painkillers from an undercover officer in exchange for providing a Franklin County prisoner with legal representation.

A Westerville lawyer was arrested Jan. 26 for allegedly accepting prescription painkillers from an undercover officer in exchange for providing a Franklin County prisoner with legal representation.

Frederick L. Baker, 54, was arrested for possession of 100 pills of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone. Because of the amount of the drug involved, it is a second-degree felony, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

According to a press release from the county prosecutor's office, O'Brien asked the Franklin County Sheriff's Department to investigate Baker after allegations were made that Baker offered to accept Oxycodone in lieu of payment for representing a prisoner in a pending criminal case. The prisoner was not identified.

Bond for Baker, 1982 graduate of Capital Law School with offices at Columbus State Community College, was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The maximum penalty for the crime is an eight-year prison sentence, O'Brien said.