Larry Householder, Matt Borges found guilty of Racketeering 

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges have been found guilty of racketeering by a federal corruption jury Thursday, March 9.

Householder and Borges were arrested on July 21, 2020 on charges related to the Ohio H.B. 6 FirstEnergy scandal which involved over $61 billion in corruption money, the Ohio Republican Party and FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. In exchange for $1.3 billion in bailout money, FirstEnergy helped prop up Householder, Borges, and several other major players in the Ohio GOP.

This case has been referred to as one of the biggest corruption cases in Ohio’s history.

The seven-week-long racketeering trial began on Fri, Jan. 23 in a Cincinnati court and the jury took nearly 10 hours to deliberate the final verdict. A sentence is expected to be handed down to Householder and Borges in the coming months, a decision that they both have promised to appeal. 

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Householder said to “stay tuned” and Borges said, “I’m not done fighting.” The Dispatch also claims that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) can take further action by arresting and charging several of the key names mentioned during testimony throughout the trial.