Graham Chief of Staff Arrested on Bribery Charges
The chief-of-staff to D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was arrested Thursday morning by federal agents on bribery charges, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Ted G. Loza, 44, was taken into custody at his home. He is due to appear in the District's federal court Thursday afternoon. Keep an eye on the D.C. Wire today for updates.
UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: Several FBI agents are searching Loza's office at the John.
A. Wilson building. About a half-dozen agents arrived about 15 minutes ago, said David Lipscomb, a spokesman for Council member Graham. The agents were carrying a "search kit" and were taking pictures.
In addition to searching Graham's office, the FBI also appears to be trying to retrieve various computer files. The agents are being accompanied by city computer technicians in trying to retrieve data from the council mainframe computer in the basement of the John A. Wilson Building, council sources said.
"All we know is, the FBI showed up and they had a warrant," Lipscomb said. "We are getting details and contacting Council member Graham."
Graham is out of the office.
The agents appear to be searching every corner of Loza's office. Before an agent shut the door, a Washington Post reporter saw an agent kneeling on the floor, rifling through a bottom drawer of file cabinet.
The FBI agents are referring all questions to the agency's public affairs unit. Even as the agents search Loza's office, the rest of Graham's staff is going about its normal business, answering calls from constituents and preparing for committee meetings.
UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Jim Graham has just arrived and summoned his entire staff into a meeting in another office while the FBI continued its search. Graham is promising to make a public statement soon.
UPDATE 1:29 p.m.: Read the full article.
-- Del Quentin Wilber and Tim Craig
Christopher Dean Hopkins
September 24, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
Categories: City Hall Aides , D.C. Council , Tim Craig
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