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Posted at 4:48 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Ex-D.C. Council aide pleads guilty

By Mike DeBonis

A former top aide to D.C. Council member Jim Graham pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts, bringing an 18-month-old prosecution to a close.
Ted G. Loza, who served as Graham's chief of staff, was arrested in September 2009 and accused of accepting bribes to influence taxi legislation. He pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of accepting gratuities as a public official. He also acknowledged filing a false financial disclosure statement to the District government.

Graham has not been implicated in the investigation. Loza's attorney said cooperation with the investigation was not part of the plea agreement.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman will sentence Loza on May 12. Under federal sentencing guidelines discussed in court Friday, Loza is likely to face eight to 14 months in federal prison.

By Mike DeBonis  | February 18, 2011; 4:48 PM ET
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When a public official accepts bribes of any sort he has stolen from every person in his district. This is the worst type of theft as he was given the public confidence to act on their behalf. Unfortunately for the DC citizens, and fortunately for him, he is protected by the federal sentencing guidelines that will give him little to no time.

Here's what will probably happen...worst case scenario. in Loza's eyes that is.. he will get sentenced to a year and a day, making him eligible for 'good time' of 54 days. He will get to turn himself in directly to his 'camp' (no fences) after getting his affairs in order for a few months. He will spend 4-6 months relaxing, exercising and reading until his release to a 6 month 'halfway house, where he will actually stay for less than one month before being released home to serve the rest of his sentence doing "home detention".

Compare Mr. Loza's sentence to the guy who steals something from a car, a home, a business...-> years of hard time in a real prison. We are not excusing the 'regular' thief, just pointing out what Mr. Loza is facing.

Posted by: JAILexchange | February 18, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

No justice if this illegal imigarnat only gets sentenced to 12-14 months and serves only 7 months. Crime does pay and the Judge is a joke and so is the justice system,just try not to get caught please folk.

Posted by: TheresaDudleyStank | February 18, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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