Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder for a $60 million racketeering and bribery charges, said USA Today.
Officials claimed this is one of the largest public corruption cases in Ohio history.
Also, authorities arrested others suspects in the case.
All the charges are tied with criminal enterprise dedicated to securing a bailout for two nuclear power plants in Ohio.
Officials said, this will cost the state’s utility ratepayers $1 billion.
The Line-Up Of Accused
The accused is a line-up of four lobbyists and Republican operatives:
- Neil Clark, founder of Grant Street Consultants and once called by USA Today “one of the best-connected lobbyists in Columbus”
- Matthew Borges, former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant
- Juan Cespedes, co-founder of The Oxley Group in Columbus
- Jeffrey Longstreth, an adviser to Householder
- Generation Now, a nonprofit that federal prosecutors link to Longstreth and Householder, also faces racketeering charges
The criminal complaint described the effort as “Householder’s Enterprise.”
The report said, Householder and his associates sought to expand their political power.
Plus, the enterprise wanted to enrich themselves and conceal their criminal conspiracy.
U.S. Attorney David DeVillers believe that Householder’s group is a criminal enterprise.
He added that the criminal complaint accused Householder to collect large sums of money for him and others involved.
Likewise, DeVillers commented:
“This is likely the largest bribery, money laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.
This was bribery, plain , and simple. This was a quid pro quo. This was pay to play.”
DeVillers noted the arrests Tuesday will not end the investigation.
Besides, agents will continue to interview potential witnesses and execute search warrants in the coming days and weeks.
“We’re not done with this case. There are a lot of federal agents knocking on a lot of doors.”