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Prosecutors: New charges against former Graham aide Ted Loza likely

A grand jury is likely to return more charges against Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in the next few weeks, federal prosecutors disclosed in court Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb did not disclose the nature of the new charges during a brief hearing in the District's federal court. He said they should come in the "next two to four weeks."

Loza was indicted on bribery charges in September, accused of accepting $1,500 in cash to help push legislation benefiting some in the taxi industry. Loza, 44, has denied any wrongdoing.

In response to Crabb's grand jury revelation, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman tentatively rescheduled Loza's trial from late March to early July.

Loza's attorney, Pleasant Brodnax, told Friedman he was concerned about a trial occurring near the September primaries. Graham, a close friend of Loza's, is running for reelection, and testimony is expected to deal with how Loza and his boss dealt with the taxi industry. Graham has not been charged with any crimes.

"We would not like the trial in this case temporally located near the election," Brodnax said, adding that Loza was ready to go to trial as soon as possible.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Del Wilber  |  February 4, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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Looks like Loza hasn't rolled on
Jim "Taxi Cash" "AIDs Grift" Graham....YET!

Some of those brown paper bags must have found their way "home"!

There is no one more corrupt then "Taxi Cash"!

Posted by: SoCali | February 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Amen to that! Graham's career has been an ongoing criminal conspiracy. The way he looted Whitman Walker Clinic over the years would cause Dante to consider another level of h'll!

In the face of a catastrophic epidemic it takes a special kind of person to focus on how to game the system for their own personal gain.

Posted by: ManOpener | February 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"...Loza was indicted on bribery charges in September, accused of accepting $1,500 in cash to help push legislation benefiting some in the taxi industry..."

That's about what it would cost to get to Arlington with the old zone system. If they even stopped to pick me up.

Posted by: 123cartoon | February 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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