Federal prosecutors were expected to outline their public corruption case on Wednesday against longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and at least two of his associates. However, the meeting didn’t happen, and now, some wonder if it will.
Price, his assistant Daphney Fain and political consultant Kathy Nealy were invited to the meeting to hear what the government had lined up against them. They had been asked to show up voluntarily.
Price’s attorney, Bill Ravkind, said he was told the charges against Price may include bribery, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud or tax evasion.
However, Price, Ravkind nor Fain showed up outside of the federal building on Wednesday, where the meeting was to take place.
Fain’s attorney, Tom Mills, was out of town, and Nealy’s attorney would not say whether or not she met with agents.
“If there’s a good reason to not have that meeting, they may have some delay caused by that, but for the most part, I think they have their calendar pretty well scheduled out,” said former U.S. attorney Matthew Orwig, who’s not involved in the case.
Orwig says time may soon run out for the defendants to review what the government has against them.
“Their train has left the station, and what they are telling the defendants is, ‘We want to give you an opportunity to talk about this before we take a very dramatic next step,’ and I believe that next step will be indictments,” said Orwig.
The FBI launched the public corruption investigation three years ago with raids at Price's county office and home. More than $400,000 was seized from a safe.
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