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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 02/18/2011

D.C. Council aide pleads guilty to felonies

By Mike DeBonis

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

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.

Loza, a native of Ecuador who is a permanent U.S. resident, faces possible deportation after he completes any sentence.

By Mike DeBonis  | February 18, 2011; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Looks like a slimy, oily little weasel.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 18, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Graham should be next. Birds of the feathers flock together!

Posted by: me4dc1 | February 18, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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