The federal government has released previously sealed documents connected to the public corruption investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
And according to the documents, investigators seized $500,000 in cash from Price's home and monies made from the sale of land in southwest Dallas.
That information was made public now because Price's attorneys are contesting the forfeiture $229,500 specifically taken from a safe in his home. But the government did not want to disclose any of its evidence until after the primary, not wanting it to appear as if the government was interfering with elections.
The documents said the FBI agents used electronic surveillance of bank records, emails, confidential informants, wire taps and undercover officers to gather evidence.
The government asserts Price and his assistant, Daphney Fain, conspired to commit money laundering, engage in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, bankruptcy fraud and theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
"The real detail here is the pains the government's gone through, especially the FBI, to detail the date, transaction, amount and the source of the funds. If the jury or a judge sees this overall as a large shell game, the government may be exactly where it's wanted to be on this case," said Matt Yarbrough, a former federal prosecutor who has read through the government's complaint against Price and the FBI affidavit.
"But for Mr. Price documents don't get on the stand, witnesses do. And that's gonna be really the thing, that Mr. Price and his lawyers are gonna have to try to explain these transactions," Yarbrough added.
In the documents the government also claims that Kathy Nealy, a political consultant, funneled monies to Price from companies that she landed contracts with and that cars in her name were used by Price and really belonged to him.
The FBI said Millennium Art Gallery money was used to conceal income from monies solicited from persons and companies with business matters in Dallas County and to conceal Price's conversion of campaign funds to personal use.
Price's attorneys said they were not yet ready to comment on the newly released documents.
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