Aug 23, 2022 - News

Former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada, top aide indicted

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Former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada and his former chief of staff Cade Cothren were arrested Tuesday on federal charges.

  • An indictment accuses the men of using Casada's position in the legislature as part of a fraudulent scheme to pull money from the state.
  • Casada served as house speaker in 2019.

Why it matters: The arrests, which follow a lengthy corruption investigation, cap a spectacular fall for one of the state's political titans and his top aide.

Zoom in: Both men face charges of wire fraud, money laundering, theft from programs receiving federal funds, and bribery and kickbacks concerning programs receiving federal funds.

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