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Feds Charge FirstEnergy In Bribery Scheme Tied To HB 6

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Ron Schwane
FirstEnergy's nuclear power station in Oak Harbor in 2017. First Energy is now known as Energy Harbor.

Federal investigators on Thursday charged FirstEnergy Corp. with conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud. The company has agreed to pay a $230 million monetary penalty.

FirstEnergy is accused of bribing then-House Speaker Larry Householder and former Public Utilities Commission chair Sam Randazzo to help win legislative passage of a $1 billion bailout for two nuclear power plants. The company signed a deferred prosecution agreement that could potentially result in dismissal of the charge.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the charge is Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler.

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