COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — Two Ohio political operatives pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired to bail out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants.
Jeffrey Longstreth, 44, and Juan Cespedes, 41, both of Columbus, each pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy. Prosecutors allege that it involved more than $60 million paid to a 501(c)(4) entity meant to pass and bail out two nuclear power plants.
The Associated Press reported former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Larry Householder and four others are charged with racketeering for their roles in the alleged scheme.
Longstreth admitted to organizing and managing the funds of Generation Now for Householder. In his plea, Longstreth said that he oversaw the finances of the organization, which was designed to conceal that the energy company was funding it.
Cespesdes, who also pleaded guilty, said he was aware that the payments he helped orchestrate to Generation Now were meant to help Householder achieve his political goals. Knowing this, he still helped pass and preserve House Bill 6.
Householder was removed as Speaker after his arrest earlier this year. He pleaded not guilty in September.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers asks anyone with additional information related to public corruption regarding this case call the FBI at 513-421-4310.