In John Wiley Price Case, Dapheny Fain Makes it Clear: I Saw Nothing, I Know Nothing

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The feds raided cash and jewelry from Price's house in December.
We heard last week from John Wiley Price, who responded defiantly in the feds' ongoing effort to squeeze him on their way to a corruption case. It's a hail mary, he said of investigators' effort to sieze $229,000 found in a December raid, nothing more than an effort to "fill holes" in a case he claims is riddled with them.

Now we hear from Price's longtime assistant, Dapheny Fain. Sort of. As the News reported last night, Fain filed a response in the civil forfeiture proceedings yesterday, but as expected she denied having knowledge of more or less anything she could plausibly deny having knowledge of. She admitted borrowing money from Price, but denied "conspir(ing) to accumulate assets" for Price, "converting undisclosed income streams into cash," and other allegations.

Read her full response below.

Dapheny Fain Response

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Aw now, how romantic, Dapheny is going to stand by her man just like Sheila stood with her hubby Don Hill.  Now that is true love when yo woman would rather spend a decade or more in the federal pen rather than cut a deal and snitch on her sugar daddy.


I have a question for the  business folks  who post here.


Is there a way smart people  could have  done  this in a legal fashion ?


5 stages of grief...  


Stage 1 - Denial.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @oakclifftownie The primary one is to live a lifestyle that is within your stated income.  Having a reported net income of $50k and depositing $80k in a CD that year is pretty much a great big red flag.  Driving around in a Ferrari or Bentley doesn't exactly help.


Al Capone wouldn't have gone to jail if he had just reported his income and paid the taxes on it.


JWP's basic problems are that he appears to have unreported income, appears to have traded his official capacities as a County Commissioner for personal gain; and, appears to have hid assets from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.


One of the other big red flags is the ~$400k (correct me if I am mistaken) in miscellaneous expenses out of a total of ~$425k (again correct me if I am mistaken) in total expenses for Kwaanzafest ..


Other than that, what is the big deal some folks say ...


 @oakclifftownie Yes. Politicians do it every day. They just avoid taking sweaty wads of cash directly in hand. Price and his pals, as well as Don Hill, just seem to have been (allegedly) greedy and stupid. The bribe merely has to be cloaked in a veneer of respectability.


Virtually every politician in this country sells their influence, support, and vote for something of value. Do you really think Joe Barton supports cement kiln owners in Ellis County because he likes breathing toxic waste? No, they pay him for his support.


It could be cold hard cash donated to the politician's re-election campaign (Rick Perry), cash funneled to the politician's wife posing as a campaign consultant (Craig Watkins), or possibly even an overpaid private sector job for a relative (like Citibank hiring Joe Biden's son).

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @scottindallas Dagnabbit ... I'm not a mind reader ... 8-D


The similarity is all to clear to me.  I'll bet given enough time the FBI could probably obtain an indictment on some official corruption charge and prevail at trail.  But why go through all that work when the tax code is just as effective at removing an official from office and putting him/her behind bars.


Do you remember Al Lipscomb's trial on official corruption?  I thought that it was pretty much cut and dried.

scottindallas topcommenter

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul I don't dispute that, and I don't like what I wrote (why didn't you read what I meant to say? huh?)  I meant to say that the tax evasion was the low hanging fruit, and that they would've gotten him on more serious charges without the tax evasion. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @scottindallas Al Capone was indicted for violations of the Volstead Act (Prohibition) as well as income tax evasion.  He was convicted on several counts of income tax evasion and failure to pay taxes.  The Volstead Act charges were dropped.  He was given an eleven year sentence as wells as having liens placed against his various properties.


The decision to prosecute on the income tax evasion was based on a belief by prosecutors that proving the income tax evasion would be easier than any other of the possible charges, including his involvement with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.


His eleven year sentence for income tax evasion was the largest penalty to date when it was handed down.

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