The FBI announced the arrest of a Republican Tennessee lawmaker and his former chief of staff. The arrests were made Tuesday morning following indictments charging the two with participating in a bribery and kickback scheme.
Republican State Rep. Glen Casada and Cade Cothren, 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Monday. They are accused of coordinating a fake constituent mailing program designed to “enrich themselves,” according to the Justice Department.
According to Fox News, FBI agents arrested Casada and Cothren at their respective homes on Tuesday morning.
Casada and Cothren will both make their initial appearances before a U.S. magistrate judge within 24 hours.
Fox reports that “the 20-count indictment comes following a monthslong federal corruption investigation and represents the first time a current or former Tennessee speaker of the House has been indicted.”