FBI Agent Says John Wiley Price Stole and Laundered a Lot of Money

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John Wiley Price's home, where police seized more than $200,000 in cash and a few fistfuls of designer watches from a safe over the summer.
The FBI dropped a bombshell in federal court today with an affidavit by Special Agent Donald Sherman as to why, exactly, law enforcement felt the need to seize more than $400,000 in cash (thick stacks of $100 bills) and other assets from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price last year.

In broad terms, Sherman accuses Price, with the help of associates Dapheny Fain and political consultant Kathy Nealy, of bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, stealing federal funds and generally enriching himself through illegal means.

The real revelations, as always, are in the details.

The affidavit claims a pay-for-play scheme existed in which businesses would pay handsome consulting fees to Nealy's company at about the time they were seeking to win a contract with Dallas County. A portion of that money would be funneled to Price, who would steer the favored contractor through the Commissioner's Court.

For example, in 2001, Schlumberger was among a handful of companies competing for Dallas County's IT contract in 2001 when it paid Nealy more than $251,000. BearingPoint chipped in a total of $195,000 when it was seeking a contract to provide the county clerk's indexing and imaging system. And Atos, seeking a transfer of the IT contract in 2004, paid $234,000.

And just guess how many of those got Price's vote and ultimate approval.

It doesn't stop there. In April 2011, when Mike Rawlings and former police Chief David Kunkle were duking it out Dallas mayoral race and courting endorsements from southern power brokers, Rawlings' campaign paid $25,000 to Nealy for consulting work. According to the FBI, a good chunk -- $5,000 -- went to a bank account belonging to Price, who subsequently announced his support for the current mayor.

Then there's some shady land deals, a home furnishings business that seemed to cater to companies and individuals -- H. Ross Perot for example -- who were seeking Price's support in their dealings with the county, and Kwanzaa Fest, which Price used to pay a company that funneled money into his own pocket.

Bear in mind that these are still only allegations in a civil action and that a criminal investigation is ongoing. But it's a good read if you don't mind a few hundred paragraphs detailing financial transaction, and it gives the first clear idea of what's on the way for Price.

But first, marvel at the list of watches Price kept stashed in his safe, next to the pile of cash: Jacob & Co., Icelink, Breitling, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Chanel, Corum Boutique, Cartier, Rolex, Technolex, Glashutte, Philip Stein, Le Vian and Joe Rodeo. The man certainly knows the time.

JWP FBI Affadavit


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109 comments
Skjoller
Skjoller

Corruption is not one sided.

dabears
dabears

Our Man Downtown!!!  New Motto!  Our Man In Prison!  Maybe he'll be a prison activist from the insided. lol

dabears
dabears

And Price was bankrupt 14 years ago?  But as a country commissioner he has excelled in his recovery.  He ain't no Timex kind of guy.  Hope he can get the watches back, he will need them to trade for Commissary in the joint.

Lord Humungus
Lord Humungus

Our dear mayor isn't much better than JWP. This city has been poisoned. 

Ecoffee001
Ecoffee001

Here is a story...  What is going on at the City of Dallas?  I will not be robbed of my Civil and Human Rightsso Dallas elected officials and executive management can maintain Positions of Power,preservers their lives at the expensive of mine.  The City of Dallas will not let me have avoice and are illegally interfering with my every attempt to seek help from federalagencies, several attorneys/firms, mega CHURCHES, National Black Activist/Leaders,the NAACP (a joke) and the largest media sources in Dallas; the Justice Department/CivilRights division, EEOC Dallas branch, to deny me filing a charge.  I have reached out to several elected officials,with no response and help.  I have soughthelp from every member of Dallas City Council, Congresswoman/Eddie Bernice Johnson,Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Royce West, CommissionerJohn Wiley Price; the list just goes on and on.  Even my own attorney, that I obtained 5 monthsago, has been compromised, and once I called him out, escalated and obtain proofof the “deal” he has with the City of Dallas, his firm had to transfer my case toanother Attorney because of the conflict of interest.  They are not even seeking monetary interest inmy case, because they can’t, it would be unethical expect money.  There is one decent partner that knows the situationis unethical.  I have EEOC mediation in 3weeks, and technically do not have an attorney, because the one I had was workingfor the City of Dallas interest and NOT MINE.  The most disappointing is the Dallas Morning News,I personally sent them or copied them on 100+ email communications, and NO one hasresponded.  The Dallas Observer respondedand was investigating, and then just vanished in thin air.  What the hell is going on in Dallas, it is not1960, and THEY will not rob me of my Civil Rights?  My story: My name is Equeria Coffee; I am anAfrican American woman, and a single parent. I am employee by the City of Dallas as a Sr. Program Analyst.  The entire 2 years working for the City hasbeen filled with intimidation, bullying, sex/race discrimination, retaliationcreating a daily hostile work environment. December 13, 2011, I complained to Human Resources and the CIS CIO ofthe civil rights violations mentioned above, and that I was being sexualharassed by my Sr. manager, Caucasian male. I informed them the harassment had been going on for months, in additionto other events, but when I rejected him; he came to my house to confrontme.  I provided them 300+ documents tosupport my allegations.  They immediatelyplaced me on administrative leave, and would not give me a reason.  March 22, 2012, I returned to work and washanded a brown envelop, that stated their position.  They found no evidence of sexual harassmentor discrimination, and per the interview with my Manager he said that he cameto my house because I complained of having a stomach ache, and he thought Iliked his advances.  They returned me tothe same position working with the same persons without investigating.  I immediately started escalating thetreatment through the City hierarchy, all the way to the Mayor, and because ofhealth reasons went out on FMLA.  I haveescalated through the City Chain of command on over 100 occasions; everyresponse to me is condescending, contradictive and full of falsehoods.  Every attempt I have made to seek help andjustice through outside federal agencies, the media, and other attorneys, they haveinterfered.  I am not sure about myattorney either.  Two EEOC employeeinformed me of their interference, and a independent HR consultant ultimatelysent them a certified email insuring she was not assisting me.  GOD is good, every hole they have tried todig for me, they have fallen into it themselves.  They handle me like I am unintelligent,despite my constant intelligent defense of civil rights.  I have told them on numerous occasions Blackpeople aren’t stupid.  I have engagedNAACP on majority of email communications, but have not received aresponse.  The NAACP’s website links andnumbers do not work.  There are severalother employees that have experienced the intimidation by City management butbecause of fear and the lack of procedures and policy they gave up.  One lady has been sexual harassed on twooccasions.  In regard to one of hercomplaints, she was placed on administrative leave, and the person was allowedto resign.  The other harasser hasmultiple complaints against him, and he is still walking around thebuilding.  She said Human Resourcesintimidated her so bad, she let the situation go; she is a single parent also.  The entire chain of command is corrupt andunethical, and elected officials turn a blind eye why management rapes theiremployees of their lives.  The City ofDallas is scared, but they are doing everything in their power to keep my storya secret.  I have mediation scheduled onJune 25, 2012 with EEOC and City of Dallas. Although my interest is deeper, their 13,000 people working for the Cityof Dallas, and the City has no polices, no leadership training, no ethics training,no complaint process, no whistle-blowing process, no EEO officer, no anonymoushotline, no dispute resolution method, no open door policy, just nothing.  It is unconstitutional for any US businessentity not to communicate ethical standards and have methods in place to insureimpartial resolution.  The lack ofstandards promotes the climate of intimidation, discrimination, retaliation andconstant bullying.  Majority of theemployees are minority and/or over the age of 50, and very few in a position tomake decisions.  We are sittingducks.  They are holding their employeescivil rights hostage utilizing their livelihood as a weapon.   Why doesn’t anyone care about the CivilRights of good people?  Productive peoplethat get up every day go to work and support their families.  Why does a black person have to die beforeour Black Leaders care?  My currentsituation, I am being ostracized me from the entire company.  I come in everyday and just sit at my desk,no work, no acknowledgment, no emails, no human interaction, nothing.   Can you imagine coming to work everyday for8 hours, with no work to do, and interaction from people; just sitting at mydesk scared. This has been the climate for 12 days now.  When I do send emails no one responds, it islike I am not even human.  I am sufferingMajor Depression, and my physician and Timberlawn’s recommendation forinpatient treatment.  But since they haveexhausted all my vacation and sick time, and have lost pay, and the insuranceis awful.  I can’t be sick, because if Idon’t go to work I won’t get paid, and I can’t take care of my family.  Their effort to make my life so unbearablethat I will settle for anything they offer June 25th.  Little do they know, I will not allow them tosteal my life to preserve theirs, I will die over this. I do the best I can andgo in most days, but suffer panic attacks and have to leave early.  On two occasions I went to the hospital fromwork, thinking I was having a heart attack. This has been going on for 6 months and is a strain on me, my family andfriends, and most important my little ones, I was a really good mother.  Now I can barely get out of bed, I can’t keephold of my mind, I missed every weekend, holiday, birthday, and I am barelyfunctioning.  I have to rely on my familyand friends for simple help just to make sure we have food; and I love to cook.   I have dropped out of school, I don’t takecare of my appearance, I barely keep my house clean.  My anti-depressants have been adjusted 8times, and my physician is tired of the City. My last visit, he asked me “Why haven’t you called Rev. Jesse Jackson orRev. Al Sharpton, or do they have to get shot first?”  I was embarrassed, but it was true.  I am very tired and need some help.  In my mind I have nothing to lose, but theCity will take care of my family even if they drive me to my death.  My Grandmother raised me, she passed away at84 years old, and she fought for my Civil Rights, just like many others.  They will not steal mine. 

All I did was complain about my Sr. Manager harassing me,and when he came to my house, on two occasions, all I wanted was some help.  And this is how they treat me..  I wonder if I was a Caucasian woman would thestory be different.  I am not prejudice,some of my best friends are Caucasian, so this is a real reality shock.  The story is very long and horrific, but I donot have a voice and they will not allow me to. I am on calling on Black leaders to investigate my story and give me avoice.  Why does someone have to die,before we care?  I am a productive Blackwoman with kids, and my civil and human rights are being violated.  Please read my story and help me, I have over400+ documents, 200 just communications between the City and I. 

Sincerely,

Equeria Coffee

sunflowerseed
sunflowerseed

The truth of the matter is JWP didn't play marbes alone, there's enablers out there, some in high places.

Stealth
Stealth

If he was smart he would take whatever he has left and head for another country. I think the Feds are gonna nail him. Also, we all know he is a thug and is a racist so he will get what he deserves, it is just starting.

Russp
Russp

Come on, this article and all these comments must be in error. Mr. Price just won this weeks election and everyone knows the voters of Dallas wouldn't vote for someone suspected of or convicted of a crime, right?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

South Dallas: he's why you can't have nice things.

jim
jim

Oh yeah this is a happy day to finally find out the truth about John Wiley Price. He has used the race card to shield his criminal activity. He should be in jail not a dallas commissioner. But that is why he acts like an idiot and yells and thinks he is so entitiled and how dare you investigate me and his famous, "go to hell" statement. And what is even sadder, the stupid people that keep putting him in office no matter what he does. Take off the blinders...

MarkO
MarkO

Made my day. NO justice NO peace.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

Unless the Feds go after North Dallas and suburban money men, nothing will change. JWP and some of his associates will go to prison and the rich white guys will find someone else to deliver the votes in South Dallas. As much as JWP is known as "Our man downtown" to his constituents he is also known as "Our man down South" to his bosses in the North.

This is the business has been done in Dallas for decades. I'm ready for change but I'll believe it when I see it.

By the way, if you believe Mayor Mike didn't know anything about where the money was going I'd like to talk to you about this sweet piece of ocean-front property I've got for sale in Arizona.

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

Will he snitch, or do the time?  It'll be fun to watch either way. 

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

JWP-taking kickbacks and laundering money? I am shocked, shocked I say.

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

Imagine all the powerful people that are going to have JWP stink on them from this investigation. Some elected officials it appears are just crooked thieves who have more influence and better suits than you and JWP is the notorious thief and crook who just got reelected.  

Halldecker
Halldecker

John got convicted in state court in the 80's. All of a sudden the case was removed to federal court,  where it disappeared.  None of us had/have ever heard of anything like that.  Theory around the courthouse is John snitched for the feds,  a serial snitcher.  He was a clerk for JP Cleo Steele in the early 80's when the FBI had a couple undercover agents playing lawyer and bondsmen at the courthouse.  They caught a handful of lawyers,  almost got a couple judges.  My take is that's why John was so reckless,  he's been a snitcher for the feds,  thought he was bullet proof.   Face it,  folks,  John isn't dumb.  He could have hid things,  I mean REALLY hid them.  Looks like he didn't try.

Which goes back to my original theory.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Unfortunately for JWP, this "problem" isnt just going to slip into a "black hole"

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Don't worry J-Dawg. We got yo back. These silly, pale azz, slave holding, raping our beautiful women crackaz...ain't got shit on you! 

#wherethewhitewomenat?

Elvinchobbes
Elvinchobbes

What, no snarky headline from Unfair Park? I guess when one of idiots on your side of the political spectrum is exposed for the idiot they are you become a just the facts, ma'am sort of publication. Not so much when it's an idiot from the other side.

Getsumj
Getsumj

Couldn't help but notice that an Equeria Coffee was arrested for drug possession in February of 2011 according to Dallas County Jail records. Would you like to comment ?

Realist
Realist

You're right about running, but it's not in his experiential DNA. Consider that he's dodged so much for so long. He surely feels that he can dodge this one, too. As has been pointed out, his constituents will re-elect him forever, and he knows that.

He may not have that much ready cash, anyway. He can't just cash in the watches, exotic cars, and pending promises as somebody else might cash in a 401K. Not to defend him, but as Price himself pointed out about his cars, he doesn't drink, smoke, or carouse, so it's not astounding to have a couple hundred thou in cash. 

He would need readily available millions to make a successful getaway. If he has a Swiss account and a bogus passport, he should have been on a low-profile, circuitous air journey by now.

Dms8830
Dms8830

Time to "haul ass", J.W.P. Good riddance. What a punk. He would make someone a great girlfriend in the Penitentiary.

just waitin
just waitin

...liar liar pants on fire...or just ignorant?

Clarence LeDearn
Clarence LeDearn

 Read MAU-MAUing THE FLAK CATCHERS by Tom Wolfe.   His voters, don't suggest his are any more stupid than those who elect Maurine Dickey,  know exactly what he's doing downtown,  which is bearding Honkey.  That's what they elected him to do,  he's extremely successful at.   It's an act.   A damn good one.

Everything you take offense at,  his constituency says "Right on!"

They're not gonna get diddly from Commissioner's Court,  they might as well have some fun.

Guest
Guest

What you are saying is true, but the Feds are going to have a very hard time making a case against the money men.  Those guys are usually smart enough never to write a check directly to anyone who will be doing their bidding, never to have conversations in which they agree to pay a bribe, never to send emails discussing it.  

You say the money men know where the money is going: The feds have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.  With evidence.  They're going to have a hard time because the money men probably don't "know" where the money is going.  They know that hiring certain "consultants" gets them results.  They don't ask questions because they don't want to know the answers, but that is different from knowing where the money is going.  More importantly, they never ask for a promise that a particular vote can be delivered while writing the check.  They hope that what their people have told them (e.g. "hire [x] consultant and you are likely to get [y] to vote with you when you need it") is right, but they never expressly ask for the quid pro quo.

A useful backgrounder, if you are interested, is the Fifth Circuit opinion in United States v. Whitfeld.  In that case, the court reaffirmed that payments made with “some vague expectation of some future benefit” do not result in criminal bribery liability.  That may be all the feds will ever be able to show about the money men, though the Feds probably will be able to show more when dealing with Price and the consultants that actually made the kickbacks.  That's why Price and the consultants might get prison while the money men may never be indicted.   

Is it slimy?  Yes. Is it a crime to hire a political consultant you know will get you results if you suspect, but don't know, the consultant might funnel some money to places it shouldn't be going.  No, it isn't.  It isn't racism or a desire by the feds to avoid the rich guys that will keep them from going after the North Dallas money men (they love going after higher profile, richer targets).  It's the lack evidence that will prevent it, assuming they don't find something where somebody made a mistake or convince a witness to testify (probably falsely) that there was an express quid pro quo (I suggest it would be falsely because I doubt any of the money men actual told anyone they would pay for a vote on anything, but someone facing 10-20 might be willing to "remember" such a conversation).       

Anon
Anon

honest question - what's the burden of proof for the N Dallas guys? obviously they will say they thought they were paying for legitimate services. the counter-argument is that there was way too much walking around money in those bills for any reasonable person to think that the transaction was legitimate. is there some point at which plausible deniability works? I mean not that I would find it plausible, but their lawyers will make a fortune saying so.

Jay
Jay

My guess is that little Ross Jr. is singing to the FBI these days, much like Don Hill fell hard while Potashnik got put in time-out. It all depends on who was wearing the wire this go around.

Balch Springs Citizen
Balch Springs Citizen

County Clerk John Warren, District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, Election Administrator Toni Pippins, Tax Assessor John Ames, County Judge Clay Jenkins, Commissioner Elba Garcia, Several Constables,  .....and so on, and so on..... 

Daniel
Daniel

Man, you really don't have a clue, do you? The Observer and JWP have had an adversarial relationship since way, way back when. That was source of JWP's animus toward Mayor Miller: She had been an Observer columnist, writing in the slot now so ably filled by Schutze. (She was able, too, but she was mean and haughty, whereas Schutze is funny but an occasional idealogue.)

Shades of grey may not comprise a comforting worldview, Elvin, but they do comprise about 95% of reality.

Bob
Bob

 Elvin, you silly man. JWP has "worked" with Democrats and Republicans for years. Do your homework.

Realist
Realist

Elvin, you're blinded by your own ignorance. The Observer has been calling out JWP for quite some time. Have you not bothered to read the many stories?

A neutral observer would say that the Observer has been calling a spade a spade.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Taking a look at a couple of your posts leads me to believe you really should look up the definition of irony.

I'll just call you naive. Because it's nicer than dumbass.

just waitin
just waitin

...yep; and I can't wait because when JW and all the "innocent" folk who have been attacked by this case finally walk away free, I'm gonna wear a deep hole into the concrete floors - wherever I am...because I'm gonna be laughing and rolling so long and so hard...just waiting... 

Anon
Anon

except that it is racist. the rules (or laws, in this case) are created so that only one side of a corrupt transaction can be sent to jail. the side that will end up in jail is black (or minority). and it just so happens that a bunch of rich white guys are the ones making the laws. if that's not racist, then I'm not really sure what it. the entire system was built with this outcome in mind. if you disagree, consider how stringent the requirements are on money that gets funneled to terrorists. pleading ignorance doesn't work. the best you can hope for is a plea and a lighter sentence in that case. the difference is that the wealthy benefactors who rig the political process don't expect to find themselves in the position of funding terrorism, while they are nearly certain that they (or their close friends/associates) will be in a position of facilitating bribery.

Daniel
Daniel

This is precisely it.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Dead on.

It's always been amazing to me that we as a society have tacitly institutionalized our quid-pro-quo system on the one hand, and at the same time we collectively labor under the illusion that our "leaders" have a solid enough moral constitution to resist all of the illegal perks and largesse that come along with this territory.

Or maybe we just don't give a shit when it's the *other* team that's getting their hands slapped as long as we're gettin' ours.

It's too damn bad for JWP that a drawer full of fancy watches watch can't tell you which way the wind is blowing...

Daniel
Daniel

P.S. The Observer is largely despised by Dallas' black leadership for that same reason: Laura Miller's frequent take-downs of John Wiley Price back in the mid-90s.

Paul
Paul

Although from time to time the feel of "dumbass" rolling off of one's tongue sure is nice ...

PS: For some reason Leslie Winkle comes to mind whenever I think of the word "dumbass".

Anon
Anon

the point I'm making is that the laws are set up that way and should change. I'm well aware that the system is rigged.

RTGolden
RTGolden

I think you are confusing what SHOULD happen with the reality of how things DO happen. Sure the money guys know their money is going for nefarious purposes.  Everyone knows it, you'd have to assume they are complete morons if you thought they didn't know.

Unfortunately for the cause of clearing out corruption, in COURT it doesn't matter what you know, all that matters is what you can prove.  Proving that Rawlings or Leppert knew that monies paid to Neely were going into bribes is much more difficult than you might think.  Same for developers.  Richard Allen didn't KNOW for a fact that Willis Johnson and others were trying to shake him down, but it felt enough like a shakedown that he backed away from it.  In return, Price and company came out with the Racist! label and Allen had to do some serious backpeddling. Racism, unlike graft or bribery, merely has to be suggested, not proven, to do it's damage.  The fact of the matter was Allen was doing everything he could to engage minority and HUB contractors on his project, he didn't think he, assuming 100% of the financial risk, should have to give 15% of possible financial gains to W. Johnson and others in return for them "introducing him to the right people".  Other developers, Potashnik for instance, followed the S. Dallas agenda and ended up rolling on the 'facilitators' (Don Hill) when it all blew up in their faces.  But the people behind Hill, and the people behind them, were nicely insulated, because nothing could be proven about their role in the matters.  See how this works?  Want to prosecute someone for wrong-doing, Don't KNOW it, PROVE it.

Anon
Anon

this is absolutely ridiculous. maybe that defense works the first time you hire someone. a pattern of years of criminal activity? sorry, you know what you're paying for. and frankly, I think you SHOULD go to jail if you keep throwing money at someone to achieve results but you don't give a shit about how they get them. on the one hand you are calling these guys smart. smart people don't shell out six figures for empty promises and sunshine and rainbows. they investigate where their money is going. they look at what the consultants have done in the past to achieve results and they figure out if the price tag is worth it.

and the "logic" I'm talking about is the criminality of paying money to someone to commit a crime. you are arguing that as long as you give your money to someone who doesn't pledge explicitly to commit a crime to you are off the hook, even if that person turns around and does what you want by contracting with someone else. and we're not just talking about votes here, do you get that? we're talking about everything from winning contracts, etc.

Guest
Guest

What "logic" are you talking about.  I'm talking about facts.  And the facts are that it's damn hard to prove someone bought a politician when your only evidence is they hired a consultant with ties to the politician and that consultant paid some kickbacks.  How do you know he didn't hire the consultant because the consultant does a good job of turning out the vote in South Dallas, etc., etc.  How do you know that the consultant doesn't pay kickbacks from everyone who hires her, regardless of whether they know she will pass money along.  

I think it's slimy, but I also think this is the way it has to be.  If the government could throw someone into jail just because they hired the wrong consultant who did things the client didn't know about or agree to, then that would be a terrible injustice.  The fact that some people are smart enough to get away with crimes because they manage not to create any proof isn't a reason to dispense with the requirement.    

Anon
Anon

by that logic, all I have to do is hire a hitman to murder people but if I make sure there's enough money to pass through a couple middlemen, it's OK. it's not like I can be sure they won't just take the money and run. in both cases, the money initiates criminal activity with a less than 100% chance of success. but without their money, there is no criminal act. the fact that our laws are created to keep them insulated from prosecution is by their own design.

Guest
Guest

No, the law is written so that someone only goes to jail if they know they are participating in the bribe.  The fact is that when you have intermediaries like the consultants here it's easier to prove the recipient knew he was receiving a bribe than it is to prove that someone knew they were giving a bribe.  The guy getting the money (Price) knows he got it.  The person giving the money to a "consultant" (rich guys) doesn't necessarily know that the politician will get it.  It may suck, but it isn't racist.   

Anon
Anon

no, that fits with the pattern I outlined. wealthy people who donate the money make sure the laws punish only those who accept it. Fielding falls under that category, even though he isn't a minority. that doesn't really make me want to reconsider my broader argument.

Jay
Jay

Former Dallas Councilman Paul Fielding was convicted. Was that racists too?

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