Thursday, July 23, 2020

Top Ohio lawmaker charged in $60 million bribery, corruption scheme

Larry Householder and four associates were arrested in a federal crackdown.

A powerful Ohio lawmaker and four associates were arrested and charged on Tuesday in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery and corruption scheme.
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, 61, was among five men taken into custody and changed in federal court Tuesday morning after FBI agents raided Householder's farm along with several other properties.
Householder adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matthew Borges and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes were also taken into custody after the raid, officials said.
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said it was likely the largest bribery and money laundering scheme ever "perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio."
"It takes courage for citizens to assist law enforcement in the ways detailed in the affidavit," DeVillers said in a statement. "We are grateful to those who felt a moral duty to work together with agents in bringing to light this alleged, significant public corruption."

This March 5, 2019 file photo shows Ohio House speaker Larry Householder speaking in Columbus, Ohio.Paul Vernon/AP Photo

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