Dallas County Official Charged with Taking Bribes

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DALLAS (AP) Federal authorities have charged a longtime Dallas County commissioner with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects.

John Wiley Price and three other individuals are in custody Friday after being charged in a 13-count indictment. They are set to make initial court appearances Friday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said at a news conference that during a decade-long scheme, two political consultants provided Price with $950,000 in money, cars and land.

Authorities allege that in exchange for the bribes, Price voted for lucrative contracts before commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants' clients.

Billy Ravkind, Price's attorney, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.




 
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