Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder today in connection with a $60 million bribery case.
The arrest was confirmed by the Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported: "Also arrested, according to the source: Neil Clark, founder of Grant Street Consultants and once called by USA Today “one of the best-connected lobbyists 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."
The Dayton Daily News first reported law enforcement was at Householder’s farm in Perry County and that the U.S. Attorney’s office said it is planning a 2:30 p.m. news conference today related to $60 million in bribes paid to a state official and associates.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers are expected to brief media on a federal racketeering case, a news advisory says.
Due to the news conference, Gov. Mike DeWine postponed today's regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing until tomorrow (July 22) at 2 p.m.