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SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER 2 computers seized in probe



Published: Sat, June 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



COLUMBUS (AP) -- Federal agents have seized two computers from the Ohio House of Representatives as part of their investigation of former Speaker Larry Householder, The Plain Dealer reported Saturday.

The chief of staff to current House Speaker Jon Husted said two IRS agents showed up April 27 with a subpoena for hard drives, compact discs and other computer equipment, the newspaper said.

The computers were assigned to House information technology head Dusten Kohlhorst, who said agents from the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI interviewed him in February. Kohlhorst said the agents wanted to know whether he had copies of any of Brett Buerck's files on the state computer network.

Householder fired Buerck, his former chief of staff, and fund-raiser Kyle Sisk last June after federal authorities began investigating allegations of laundering campaign contributions. No charges have been filed, and all three have denied any impropriety.

Craig Calcaterra, one of Householder's lawyers, knew that the two House computers were seized in April, but didn't know the significance.

The Plain Dealer reported in February that a federal grand jury had subpoenaed payroll records, expense accounts and computer hard drives from the Ohio House as part of the investigation.




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