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Householder will be arraigned on state charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Disgraced former Ohio lawmaker Larry Household played an integral role in what has been called the largest public corruption scandal in the history of the Ohio Statehouse.

You can watch his arraignment below at 8:30 AM

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He was ultimately convicted on federal charges of taking bribes from FirstEnergy Corp in exchange for working on a billion-dollar bailout for the company’s two nuclear power plants.

Larry Householder appeals, saying the bribe payment was within reason

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He will be arraigned in Cleveland on Friday on new state charges.

It involves alleged misuse of campaign funds to cover his legal costs and other ethical violations.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says this case is about holding Householder accountable for his actions.

The former speaker of the Ohio House was indicted on 10 felony charges in March.

According to the state’s indictment, Householder misused campaign funds to pay for his personal criminal defense in his federal case.

It is further alleged that he never completed the Joint Legislative Committee files, failing to disclose gifts, fiduciary relationships and creditors.

He is currently serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison for his role in the million-dollar bribery plot involving FirstEnergy Corp and House Bill 6.

Records show he accepted bribes, and these state charges today are related to the original case and how he went about covering legal costs.

News 5 spoke with Jonathan Entin, professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, who says the state’s charges carry significant weight and have long-term consequences.

“So a conviction on a state charge would permanently disqualify Householder from office. It would essentially guarantee that he could never hold public office again. And I think that may be part of what’s driving the state prosecution,” says Entin . said.

He is currently appealing his federal conviction.

If convicted in the state case, he will serve prison time, pay restitution and can never hold office again.

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