Public Corruption

Judge scolds former GOP chairman, forbids him from intimidating whistleblower

BY: - August 8, 2022

A federal judge lambasted a suspect in a criminal public corruption case for posting a FBI informant’s social security number and address on the internet. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said he finds it “entirely incredible” that lobbyist and former GOP Chairman Matt Borges accidentally posted the information of the whistleblower online, as Borges claimed. […]

Utility regulator accused of taking a bribe helped write bill targeting watchdog

BY: - August 5, 2022

Ohio’s former top utility regulator, who was accused of taking a $4.3 million bribe, quietly spent months helping write a sweeping energy bill that targeted a state watchdog agency that advocates for Ohio’s residential electric customers, records show. Emails that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio gave in response to two FBI subpoenas show its […]

Regulators block deposition of FirstEnergy’s former ethics chief

BY: - July 29, 2022

A state regulator granted a request from FirstEnergy Corp., purportedly made at the behest of federal prosecutors investigating the company’s lobbying practices, to cut off a state watchdog agency’s deposition of the company’s former top ethics officer last week. The Akron-based utility company last summer admitted to bribing two state officials with about $64 million […]

FirstEnergy asks its fired former CEO to return the $56 million it paid him

BY: - July 28, 2022

After FirstEnergy Corp. admitted in court to bribing state officials, it sent word to its former CEO about his salary. The company wanted its money back. All $56 million. In November 2021, the compensation committee of the company’s board made a “recoupment demand” to former CEO Charles Jones for $56 million, according to a quarterly […]

Judge boots lawyers from FirstEnergy bribery suit for failure to ‘diligently prosecute’

BY: - July 14, 2022

In an unusual move in a high-profile lawsuit, a federal judge booted lawyers from a lawsuit they filed against FirstEnergy Corp. for their failure to “diligently prosecute” the case against the scandal-mired company. U.S. District Judge John Adams said Wednesday he would appoint counsel on behalf of the shareholders who sued the company in connection […]

Judge rejects bid to settle FirstEnergy bribery suit with shareholders elsewhere

BY: - July 8, 2022

A federal judge in Akron has refused to dismiss a lawsuit between FirstEnergy Corp. — which has admitted that it bribed two top Ohio politicians with $64 million — and some of its shareholders. U.S. District Judge John R. Adams denied a motion Tuesday, filed jointly by the company and its investors, asking him to […]

Retired teachers go to court for Ohio pension records

BY: - July 7, 2022

An analyst working for Ohio retired teachers went to court last week seeking records relating to the state pension funds. The analyst is trying to determine whether teachers' pension money is being squandered on high-fee "alternative" investments such as private equity and hedge funds. He is also investigating whether external consultants directing such investments are also being paid by the firms in which retirement system money is being invested.

Lt. Gov. Husted: Outside job on bank board is educational

BY: - July 1, 2022

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday said a controversial job he’s taken on the board of a community bank has been highly educational and will pay about $20,000 a year. Husted’s decision to serve on the board of Heartland Bank stirred controversy when it became public last month for at least two reasons: His office […]

Former CVS exec accuses it of ripping off seniors, taxpayers

BY: - June 28, 2022

The top leadership of CVS Health directed an illegal scheme to work across the corporation’s sprawling subsidiaries to drive up drug prices in the Medicare program, says a whistleblower suit that was recently unsealed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It accuses CVS of breaching firewalls between its SilverScript prescription drug plan, CVS Caremark, its […]

FirstEnergy fired its CEO amid bribery scandal but let him keep millions, documents show

BY: - June 23, 2022

As its starring role in a political bribery scandal became clearer and two alleged conspirators pleaded guilty, FirstEnergy Corp. fired its CEO Charles “Chuck” Jones, who was later outed as an architect of the operation. New documents show, however, that FirstEnergy’s board of directors declined to invoke a provision in Jones’ contract that would have […]

Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen

BY: - June 22, 2022

Many Americans across the political spectrum are clamoring for federal action on guns in the wake of a mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and hundreds of other mass shootings. But buried in a bipartisan compromise hashed out by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is an unrelated provision they might not be so happy about. Apropos of nothing, the gun bill would enhance the exemption drug middlemen working with Medicare have from the federal "Anti-Kickback Statute." 

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - June 22, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]