Lobbyist named in $60M Ohio bribery probe is found dead

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FILE- In this May 27, 2004 file photo Paul Tipps, left, and Neil Clark, pose in their office in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Ohio lobbyist who pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation has been found dead.

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

Authorities provided a report of a body found in Florida near where the 67-year-old Clark had been living.

The report indicates the man’s wife said they had been having financial issues.

Clark had made the not-guilty plea in August over an alleged role in a $60 million scheme federal prosecutors say funneled money from FirstEnergy companies to then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to secure a a $1 billion nuclear bailout.

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