Federal prosecutor David DeVillers’ office did not discuss details of the case, which he planned to outline at a briefing on Tuesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others were arrested Tuesday in a $ 60 million federal bribery investigation, a person briefed on the investigation confirmed.

Federal prosecutor David DeVillers’ office did not discuss details of the case, which he planned to outline at a briefing on Tuesday.

Head of family adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, former Statehouse lobbyist Neil Clark, former Ohio Republican Party chairman and consultant Matthew Borges and Juan Céspedes, co-founder of the Oxley Group in Columbus, were also arrested, the person told The Associated Press. . They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. A sixth person was also sought, the person said.

FBI agents were at the farm of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Tuesday morning, hours before the planned government announcement.

FBI agents were conducting “law enforcement activities” on Householder’s property in Glenford, in southeast Ohio, FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren said, without providing details. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that he was assisting the FBI at the Head of the Family farm.

Lindgren signaled the upcoming press conference for DeVillers, whose office planned to announce “$ 60 million bribery charges to state officials and associates.”

Messages were left with Householder at home and in House’s communications office. The Republican is in his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives after his term in office from 2001 to 2004.

Householder, a veteran lawmaker, returned to state politics in 2016 after leaving more than a decade ago due to term limits.

When he left office, he and several top aides were under federal investigation for alleged money laundering and irregular campaign practices. The government closed the case without filing charges.

After returning to the Ohio House four years ago, Householder won a contentious fight to become Speaker of the House in 2019.

 

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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