Long-time Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is accused by the FBI of defrauding the taxpayers of Dallas and the federal government according to the FBI during a press conference following his arrest Friday morning. He and his co-defendants are facing a 13 count, 107 page indictment was issued. Others named in the indictment include: his longtime executive assistant Dapheny Elaine Fain, political consultant Kathy Louise Nealy, and Nealy’s account manager Christian Lloyd Campbell.
The government accuses Price of receiving over $950,000 in cash, gifts and land according to the indictment. They claim he did not report over $1.1 million on his tax returns which is why the IRS was also involved in the three year investigation.
The thirteen count indictment are:
- Count 1 — Conspiracy to commit bribery concerning a local government receiving federal benefits by Price, Nealy and Campbell.
- Counts 2-7 — Deprivation of honest services by mail fraud and aiding and abetting by both Price and Nealy.
- Count 8 — Conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by Price, Nealy and Fain.
- Counts 9-11 — Subscribing to a false and fraudulent U.S. individual income tax return for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. According to the indictment, Price reported income of $104,770 in 2007, $109,124 in 2008 and $109,758 in 2009. Investigators said in each year Price “received additional substantial income.”
- Count 12 — Attempt to evade or defeat payment of tax by Nealy.
- Count 13 — False statement by Fain.
Read the full indictment here.
Price is reportedly scheduled to appear in Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney’s court at 1 p.m. today. His attorney Billy Ravkind according to published reports is unwilling to take a deal and is expected to plead not guilty.