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Neil Clark, lobbyist named in $60M Ohio bribery probe, dies

Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 16, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former U.S. attorney says a longtime Ohio lobbyist who pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation has died.

Former U.S. Attorney David DeVillers mentioned Neil Clark’s death during a presentation Tuesday.

Clark had made the not-guilty plea in August over an alleged role in a $60 million scheme to funnel money from FirstEnergy companies to then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder in exchange for the passage of a $1 billion nuclear bailout bill.

He had been described by federal prosecutors as the enforcer for Householder. Details on his death weren't immediately divulged.

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