Larry Householder, Matthew Borges convicted of racketeering

FILE – Then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A federal jury has convicted the former Ohio House speaker and former chair of the Ohio Republican Party for their roles in a racketeering scheme that netted more than $60 million.

Larry Householder, 63, the state’s former GOP House speaker, and former Ohio Republican Party chair Mathew Borges, 50, were accused of using Householder’s advocacy nonprofit organization, Generation Now, as cover for bribes in support of House Bill 6, which provided a $1.5 billion bailout to two aging nuclear energy plants in Northern Ohio. Ohio energy utility FirstEnergy Corp. poured over $60 million into the nonprofit, which prosecutors say was created specifically for the corrupt scheme.

The now-disgraced GOP leaders also used the funds as their own personal piggy bank.

“Team Householder spent millions of the company’s dollars to support Householder’s political bid to become Speaker, to support House candidates they believed would back Householder, and for their own personal benefit,” the Justice Department said.

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