COLUMBUS — The organization at the center of a $60 million racketeering conspiracy involving former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday.
Generation Now pleaded guilty to one count in a plea signed by longtime campaign and political strategist to Householder, Jeffrey Longstreth, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Longstreth signed the plea on behalf of Generation Now.
Court records show Generation now was involved with Householder and others receiving millions of dollars in exchange for specific official action.
Generation Now was created as a purported social welfare organization, but according to the plea agreement, it was actually used as a way to receive undisclosed donations as a benefit to the former House Speaker, the DOJ said.
“As part of the plea, Generation Now agrees to forfeit its assets, including nearly $1.5 million seized from organization bank accounts,” the department of justice said.
The parties involved in the case have recommended a term of probation for the nonprofit of up to five years.
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