People close to case: Ohio politicians subpoenaed

CLEVELAND -- The Associated Press has learned that two prominent Republicans could be called to testify at the trial of an Ohio businessman accused of making illegal campaign contributions.

Sources close to the case tell the AP that U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel received subpoenas from defense attorneys. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.

The trial began Monday for telemarketing executive Ben Suarez in Cleveland. He is accused of using employees at North Canton-based Suarez Corporation Industries and other sources in 2011 to contribute about $100,000 each to the politicians. Suarez is accused of then repaying the donors, a violation of federal law.

Suarez's attorney says his client is innocent.

The subpoenas were first reported by The Columbus Dispatch.

The politicians aren't accused of wrongdoing and returned the donations.


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