​John Wiley Price Arrested On 13-Count Indictment For Bribes

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Jul, 27, 2014 | 1:50 PM

John Wiley Price was arrested early Friday and faces multiple counts of charges with taking $950,000 in bribes. A 13-count indictment unsealed Friday names Price, his longtime chief of staff Dapheny Elaine Fain and two political consultants, Kathy Louise Nealy and Christian Lloyd Campbell.

The longtime Dallas County Commissioner and Nealy are accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and tax evasion. Campbell is accused of participating in the conspiracy. Price and Fain are accused of running a business that provided Price with another $133,000 that was never reported on income taxes.

John Wiley Price was arrested Friday morning. In total, he is accused of receiving around $1,150,000 in bribes and other taxable income from several sources that was concealed or disguised, according to the indictment. His associates were also placed into federal custody and held until a 1 p.m. hearing, where they all pleaded not guilty.

As the 64-year-old left the courthouse, he would only say that he was not guilty and was ready to get back to work. All four were then released on personal recognizance. Price will remain in office unless he is convicted in the case.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana said at a Friday morning news conference that during a decade-long scheme, Price’s two political consultants, Nealy and Campbell, provided him with money, cars and land. In exchange for the bribes, Price voted in favor of lucrative contracts before the commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants’ clients, Saldana said.

The payout for Price, according to Saldana: More than $447,000 in cash and checks, the use of a new Chevy Avalanche every four years, nearly $200,000 from property secretly bought for Price and a BMW 645Ci convertible, including insurance, worth $191,000.

“These types of actions can diminish the public’s trust and cost taxpayers money and resources,” said Diego Rodriguez, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office.

“I’ve known him for a long time and he’s always had the best interest of his electorate at heart,” John Crawford, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc. told the Dallas Business Journal. Crawford has worked with Price on community activities for the past several decades. “He has played a vital role in representing the county,” Crawford said.

Prior to John Wiley Price being arrested, the FBI raided his office and home three years ago and made its corruption investigation public. Recently, a reporter tried to question Price about the investigation and was nearly run over.

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