Indicted, powerful former Ohio utilities chairman dead; suicide suspected

(The Center Square) – Ohio’s former chairman of the Public Utilities Commissioner, facing charges in the state’s biggest corruption case, has been found dead.

The body of Sam Randazzo was discovered late Tuesday morning in a building he owned in Columbus. He was 74.

The Franklin County Coronor’s Office said an autopsy is planned and believes his death was by suicide.

Randazzo was facing charges in connection to the state’s House Bill 6 scandal. He had pleaded not guilty to all.

In February, an Ohio grand jury indicted Randazzo and two former FirstEnergy Corp. executives for their roles.

Randazzo controlled two companies – the Sustainability Funding Alliance of Ohio and IEU-Ohio Administration Co. Both were named in the indictment, with prosecutors saying they were shell companies created to further Randazzo’s criminal activities, the indictment said.

Randazzo’s 22 felony counts included:

• Eight counts of money laundering.

• Six counts of tampering with records.

• Three
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