Three former local politicians and a businessman are facing corruption and fraud charges, some linked to contracts with the city of Dayton, according to federal court documents unsealed today.
Here are six things to know about the case:
1. ‘Culture of corruption’: There “appears to be a culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Deters after charges against four people were unsealed Tuesday. He said a federal corruption investigation is ongoing and likely to produce more arrests.
2. City leaders react: Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein said the city hired the Green & Green law firm to review their contracting processes in light of the federal charges. She strongly disagreed that the city has a “culture of corruption.”
3. Former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams charged with accepting bribes — including cash and construction work at his home — in exchange for helping a company receive more than $150,000 in contracts with the city and its non-profit development and financing arm.
RELATED: Who is Joey Williams?
4. Former state representative Clayton Luckie charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors say he fraudulently helped a construction and demolition company get work for the city of Dayton by making it look like the work was going to a disadvantaged firm.
RELATED: Who is Clayton Luckie?
5. City employee charged: Dayton city employee and former Huber Heights councilman RoShawn Winburn is charged with public corruption. A federal indictment says he accepted bribes from city vendors — including more than $20,000 in cash — and gave companies an unfair edge in getting city contracts by providing them confidential information about upcoming contracts.
RELATED: Who is RoShawn Winburn?
6. Dayton-area businessman Brian Higgins charged with wire fraud. Prosecutors say he filed $100,000 in insurance claims after a 600 gallon fish tank leaked at his house but planned to divert the money for his own benefit instead of doing repairs.
RELATED: Who is Brian Higgins?
If you have tips or any information on this investigation, please call or email Josh Sweigart at 937-328-0374 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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