Ohio political operatives to plead guilty in bribery probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court documents are indicating that two Ohio political operatives have reached plea deals in a $60 million bribery case that investigators allege helped prop up two aging nuclear power plants.

Jeffrey Longstreth is a longtime political adviser to ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. Juan Cespedes is a lobbyist who’s been described by investigators as a “key middleman.” A federal court docket shows that “plea agreement” documents were filed for both Longstreth and Cespedes on Thursday.

Cespedes’ attorney said he couldn’t immediately comment, and a message was left with Longstreth’s lawyer.

Householder has also been charged and has pleaded not guilty, saying he’s innocent.

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