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Former Ohio House speaker begins 20-year federal prison sentence

 August 29, 2023

Larry Householder, the convicted former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, has been relocated to a federal prison in Oklahoma to commence his sentence.

At the age of 64, the Republican leader had been detained in Butler County Jail in Ohio since his conviction on June 29, as Fox News reported.

Householder's 20-Year Sentence

Householder's sentence, spanning 20 years, is the outcome of his central role in what's been dubbed the most substantial corruption scandal Ohio has ever witnessed.

Although he was recently transported to Oklahoma City's federal transfer center, according to the Bureau of Prisons' records, Householder's plea to be released pending his appeal was denied.

Steven Bradley, his attorney, confirmed this update.

Before his indictment, Householder stood as a formidable political figure in Ohio, having been elected as speaker twice.

However, following his arrest in July 2020, his fellow Republicans in the House removed him from his leadership position, the Associated Press reported.

Householder's Corruption Web

Householder, in collaboration with lobbyist Matt Borges –- once the head of the Ohio Republican Party –- was found guilty in March.

Their crimes included conspiracy to engage in a racketeering operation, which encompassed bribery and illicit money transfers.

The jury determined that Householder orchestrated, and Borges was involved in, a covert $60 million bribery plot.

This scheme was clandestinely sponsored by the Akron-rooted FirstEnergy Corp.

The intention was to fortify Householder's influence, promote his associates, and subsequently introduce and uphold laws that resulted in a $1 billion bailout for two nuclear facilities owned by a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.

Furthermore, FirstEnergy has acknowledged its involvement.

Other Players and Ongoing Investigations

Two additional individuals, along with a dark money group, admitted to their roles and pleaded guilty.

A third individual facing charges committed suicide.

Borges, 51, received a five-year sentence and is currently incarcerated at the federal penitentiary in Milan, Michigan, close to Ann Arbor, according to the Bureau.

The government's probe into these matters is still ongoing.