Federal grand jury indicts ex-Ohio House Speaker Householder, 4 others on charges stemming from bribery probe

Federal grand jury indicts ex-Ohio House Speaker Householder, 4 others on charges stemming from bribery probe

COLUMBUS — A federal grand jury indicted former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four other people accused in a corruption and bribery investigation centered around Ohio House Bill 6.

Householder, along with former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant Matthew Borges, Neil Clark, founder of Grant Street Consultants, Juan Cespedes, co-founder of The Oxley Group in Columbus, and Jeffrey Longstreth, adviser to Householder, were indicted on racketeering charges stemming from the federal probe into the alleged $60 million bribery scheme, according to court documents made available Thursday.

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“Dark money is a breeding ground for corruption. This investigation continues,” David DeVillers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio said in a statement posted on social media.

All five accused in the scheme are scheduled to make their next court appearances Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Columbus.

The federal investigators accuse Householder of directing a $60 million scheme to build his own power base and, in return, bail out the donors to a dark money campaign fund who run an energy company in northeast Ohio.

The Ohio House voted unanimously Thursday to remove Householder from his position of speaker.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.