Saturday, October 31, 2020

FBI raids Ex-Ohio Speaker Larry Householder’s property in bribery probe

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A framed nuclear plant photo, Team Householder cap and thank you letters were among the items seized from former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Friday.

The FBI executed a search warrant Friday for Householder’s property at the Riffe Center, where state representatives have their offices. The property fit into six boxes and four envelopes.

The FBI was searching for records or information related to allegations that Householder and four others participated in a nearly $61 million scheme to help Householder win control of the House, pass a $1.3 billion bailout for two nuclear plants in northern Ohio and upend an effort to block the law on the ballot. Householder and his alleged co-conspirators were indicted on racketeering charges Thursday.

The property seized, according to an inventory obtained by The Enquirer through a public records request, included:

  • Team Householder cap
  • Framed nuclear plant photo
  • Paper calendar with inserted papers
  • Four thank you cards
  • Duke Energy thank you letter
  • Nine folders with papers
  • iPhone silver
  • Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack (a mobile hotspot)
  • Thank you letter from (Rep.) Tracy Richardson
  • JPL & Associates Floor plan
  • “Attn: Jeff” personal envelope with profile information
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“The Ohio House of Representatives today received and fully cooperated with a federal search warrant for personal items at the Riffe Center belonging to Larry Householder,” spokeswoman Taylor Jach said in a statement. “The House will continue cooperating with federal investigators as part of our effort to restore integrity and trust to the House.”

Householder was ousted from his leadership role Thursday but remains a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Initially unopposed in the fall, Householder now faces a couple of write-in candidates.

The list was significantly shorter than items seized from former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s office in August 2018. The ex-lawmaker had a piece of art depicting him hanging out with GOP presidents, for example. Rosenberger has not been charged any crime.

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