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New charges against former Ohio House speaker already in prison over $60 million bribery scandal

cleveland (W.C.M.H.) — A former state leader serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for facilitating the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history is now being prosecuted by the state.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces 10 felonies, including theft in office and money laundering, Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday. If convicted on the first charge, the Perry County Republican would be permanently barred from running for public office in Ohio.

The head of the household convicted of federal racketeering charges Last March, he was charged with conspiring with executives from Akron-based FirstEnergy to pass a $1.3 billion ratepayer-funded energy plant bailout bill in exchange for $60 million in bribes. He and his co-conspirator, former Republican Party Chairman Matthew Borges,He was sentenced last summer.After a 7 week trial.

The state indictment alleges Mr. Householder improperly used campaign funds to pay for his defense in the federal case. He also claimed in his ethics filing that he did not disclose fiduciary relationships or gifts from FirstEnergy leaders.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Householder on Monday on felony charges including:

  • one count of theft in office, a first-degree felony;
  • two counts of aggravated theft, second-degree felonies;
  • One count of telecommunications fraud, a second-degree felony;
  • One count of money laundering, a third-degree felony;
  • 5 counts of falsifying records, third-degree felonies;

Two attorneys from the Attorney General's Office, Carol O'Brien and Matthew Meyer, are the special prosecutors assigned to the case, according to court filings.

In February, Sam Randazzo, former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and two FirstEnergy executives. be indicted by a grand jury He was charged with more than 20 state felonies related to the bribery scheme.Randazzo also faces federal rates.

Houseder was expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives in 2021 and remains incarcerated at the federal prison in Columbiana County, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. he appealed his federal conviction In late February.

https://www.wkbn.com/news/ohio/new-charges-against-ex-ohio-house-speaker-already-imprisoned-in-60-million-bribery-scandal/ New charges against former Ohio House speaker already in prison over $60 million bribery scandal

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