Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder arrested in $60 million bribery case - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

  

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By:   Rick Rouan (The Columbus Dispatch)

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder arrested in  $60 million bribery case - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and several others on Tuesday in connection with a $60 million bribery case.U.S. Attorney David DeVillers' office would not discuss details of the case, but multiple sources confirmed Householder's arrest.Former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges, longtime Householder adviser Jeff Longstreth, and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes also were arrested, the sources confirmed.All are expected to be arraigned in Columbus today via remote

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Jul 21, 2020 at 9:48 AMJul 21, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and several others on Tuesday in connection with a $60 million bribery case.

U.S. Attorney David DeVillers' office would not discuss details of the case, but multiple sources confirmed Householder's arrest.

Former Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges, longtime Householder adviser Jeff Longstreth, and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes also were arrested, the sources confirmed.

All are expected to be arraigned in Columbus today via remote magistrate in CincinnaDeVillers' Office and the FBI plan to announce charges later today in the case, which a press release said involves a state official and "associates."

A dispatcher for the Perry County sheriff's office said deputies were assisting the FBI this morning "in the area" of a farm belonging to Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. The dispatcher declined to specify if the location was the Householder farm.

Agents made the arrests of Householder, Borges and Clark this morning at their residences. It is unclear where the arrests of Longstreth and Cespedes took place.

The arrests come after a nearly two-year investigation into bribes and money laundering by the FBI, according to a federal investigator involved in the arrests.

The investigation included dinners and meetings between undercover federal agents and Householder and Clark where the men made incriminating statements about illegal activity and bribes.

The investigator said more arrests connected to the investigation are expected.

All the men arrested are expected to appear via video conference this afternoon to be arraigned in federal court.

They are expected to then be released on their own recognizance pending that hearing this afternoon.

A Perry County sheriff's deputy was posted at the entrance to Householder's farm in Glenford on Tuesday morning. About a dozen cars, including the deputy's cruiser left the scene shortly after 10 a.m.

A press briefing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbus.

Householder is a longtime, large figure among Ohio Republicans who is on his second stint as Ohio House speaker. He last served as speaker from 2001 to 2004, before he left the House because of term limits.

During his first speaker term, he and aides were the subject of an FBI investigation into allegations they received kickbacks and pushed legislation in exchange for campaign contributions. No charges were filed in the case, which ended in 2006.

Check back with Dispatch.com on this developing story. Information from the Cincinnati Enquirer was used for this report.


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

The damn gop is so corrupt justice can't catch up.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

This is the most powerful legislator in the country, the King of Illinois

https://www.wbez.org/stories/breaking-down-the-comed-patronage-scandal-and-whats-next-for-michael-madigan/629afc56-8083-4e08-a9ab-faab6207a7a3

He's not a Democrat.

 
 
 
loki12
2  loki12    2 weeks ago

If he is guilty he needs to have the full weight of the law fall on him.

 
 
 
JBB
3  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Householder is a lifelong republican lawmaker...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Householder

 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

So? Corrupt and illegal is corrupt and illegal.  It doesn't matter what damn party. There are more than enough corrupt officials on both sides; most of whom have yet to be caught- or never will be.

Would you be as gung ho if he had a D behind his name?

These idiots went for the gold ring with a 60 million dollar bribe- greedy and stupid. They deserve to be processed to the full extent of the law.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
4  FLYNAVY1    2 weeks ago

If found guilty..... he needs to be spanked to the full extent of the law.  Left right, I don't care.... we have to get money out of our politics in order to move this country forward.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4    2 weeks ago

That's the truth! Dark money, light money, funny money, not-so-funny money...ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Texan1211
4.2  Texan1211  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @4    2 weeks ago

I agree--throw the book at him if found guilty.

Don't think we will ever take money out of politics--you know, that freedom thingy.

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     2 weeks ago

$60 million, at least they went large. If found guilty let's hope that the sentence is large as well.

 
 
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