DALLAS (July 25, 2014) Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and three other people were in federal custody Friday on charges stemming from a decade-long bribery scheme in which Price is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in exchange for insider information and favorable votes on certain projects.
The charges are contained in a 13-count indictment.
Price, who’s been a commissioner since 1985, and the other three people are scheduled for 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 the commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants' clients.
Agents raided Price’s home in 2011.
Since then Price has denied wrongdoing.
In 2012, federal authorities asked a judge to allow them to keep about $230,000 in cash seized from a safe in Price's home.