Source: WFAA Dallas
DALLAS — FBI agents on Friday arrested Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and unsealed a criminal indictment naming three other co-defendants, ushering in a new chapter in what is arguably the most high-profile public corruption investigation in Dallas history. Sarah Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, announced the specific charges at an 11 a.m. news conference. She said for more than a decade, Price sold the power of his office for bribes in “a shocking betrayal of public trust.”
A 106-page federal corruption indictment, filed under seal on July 23, is now public. It outlines a web of mail fraud, tax fraud, bribery and other malfeasance allegedly led by Price.
Also charged is Price’s top assistant, Dapheny Fain, who surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, according to her attorney Tom Mills.
Price is one of the most powerful politicians in North Texas. Since he was first elected in 1984 as Dallas County’s first African American commissioner, Price has made a career out of vocal, forceful advocacy of minority issues. He also has close ties to some of Dallas business elite, giving him great power and influence.
Known by many of his constituents as “Our Man Downtown,” Price resides over District 3, which encompasses West Dallas, downtown, and a wide swath of southeastern Dallas, Hutchins and Seagoville.
He’s been under FBI scrutiny since at least the summer of 2011. That’s when dozens of agents searched his home and office for evidence of corruption. Agents also searched the homes of Fain and Nealy.