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Chief of Staff For a D.C. Council Member Arrested

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The chief of staff for D-C Council member Jim Graham has been arrested on bribery charges. Ted Loza is charged with accepting gifts and two cash payments, one for a thousand dollars and another for five hundred - from an unidentified person with financial interests in the taxi-cab industry. In exchange, Loza agreed to promote favorable legislation. In a brief court appearance yesterday, Loza pleaded not guilty to the charges. His boss, Ward One Councilman Jim Graham, chairs the committee the oversees the D.C. taxicab commission.

In June Graham introduced a bill to limit the amount taxi cab licenses in the city and later proposed an exemption for hybrid vehicles. Graham is not identified by name in the indictment. He says Loza told him recently about a possible FBI investigation. Graham says Loza did not influence his taxi cab legislation and denies any wrong doing. Loza has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Patrick Madden reports...

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