D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's former chief of staff Ted Loza is facing new charges for his role in an alleged bribery scheme.
By Patrick Madden
New charges have been filed against D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's former chief of staff. Ted Loza was arrested last year and charged with two counts of bribery in an alleged scheme to influence taxi cab legislation.
In the initial indictment, Loza was charged with accepting $1,500 in cash. Now, prosecutors say the former Graham staff member accepted more than $30,000 in benefits, including airline tickets to Ethiopia and Miami, hotel stays, use of a stretch limo--and even a parking spot in Adams Morgan for someone prosecutors refer to as Loza's paramour.
The new indictment - returned Thursday by a grand jury - says Loza took part in a "long-term scheme to receive a stream of benefits." In return, Loza was supposed to promote legislation that would've helped the taxi cab industry.
Loza is now facing additional counts of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, making false statements, and extortion.
Councilman Jim Graham has not been charged in the case.
Loza's trial is scheduled for October 10th.