Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder arrested in $60 million bribery case

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder arrested in $60 million bribery case

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

U.S. Attorney David DeVillers’ office would not discuss details of the case, but a source involved in the investigation confirmed Householder’s arrest to The Cincinnati Enquirer of the USA TODAY Network.

Also arrested, according to the source: Neil Clark from Grant Street Consultants in Columbus; former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant Matthew Borges; Juan Cespedes, co-founder of The Oxley Group in Columbus; and Jeffrey Longstreth, adviser to Householder. 

A spokeswoman for DeVillers said an Ohio official and associates were charged in the case, which she described as a “public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million.” DeVillers has scheduled a 2:30 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the case.

A dispatcher for the Perry County sheriff’s office told the Columbus Dispatch they were assisting the FBI this morning “in the area” of Householder’s farm. She declined to specify it was the Householder farm.

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