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Text messages between former FirstEnergy execs leads to calls for new audit

Tim Ruddel

A state consumer watchdog is calling for an investigation into text messages exchanged by former top executives at FirstEnergy. The utility bosses talked about their companies' priorities and if they can get help from the then-chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel is renewing their call for an audit to look into possible corporate separation violations between FirstEnergy and its affiliates. This is based on a text exchange it obtained between Chuck Jones the former CEO of FirstEnergy and Dennis Chack, former manager of a FirstEnergy affiliate known as FirstEnergy Advisors.

The two men text about the goals of their companies with Jones saying then-PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo will "get it done" for them. 

FirstEnergy has said it bribed Randazzo with $4 million before he became chair. Randazzo has said he did nothing wrong and he has yet to be charged with a crime.

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