A journalists notes from the press conference a couple hours ago.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers calls it the largest money laundering scheme against the residents of Ohio. It was to line the pockets of the defendants, build the base of Householder and further the affairs of the scheme, DeVillers. He says it was “pay to play.”
DeVillers: “Everyone in this room knows who Company A is.” He says he will not disclose what that is at this time.
DeVillers: Generation Now, a 501C4, does not have to disclose donors to the enterprise. It's supposed to be a social welfare entity. Political activity cannot be it's main activity. Not a dime of the money, the $60 million, went to social welfare.
DeVillers: Company A funded efforts to pass House Bill 6 in 2019. There was ballot initiative to kill HB6. Money went from Company A to Generation Now to bribe ballot collectors, provided to other ballot services to do nothing. It was for the personal benefit of the people in this indictment.
DeVillers: “It was a very covert investigation… It was critical to keep this a secret investigation… We are not done with this case.”
With the investigation out in the open now, FBI agents can interview other people involved in the case. They did not before for fear the enterprise would stop before they got the necessary information.
Cincinnati Division of the FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman: “Our Number One priority in the FBI is public corruption.” “All forms of public corruption are unacceptable.”
Hoffman: “Shameful betrayal of the public trust… A sophisticated criminal conspiracy.” Illegally diverted money for their own use. “This is a first time a racketeering charge has been used on a public official in the Southern District of Ohio.”
A reporter asks if anyone at FirstEnergy will be charged, DeVillers says they will follow the investigation wherever it leads them and refers to it as Company A.
DeVillers was briefed in on the case about a year ago and admits it took him a while to fully digest the complicated conspiracy.
DeVillers: No evidence the Ohio Governor's Office was involved.
DeVillers: “Everything begins and ends with the rule of law.”
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