WAMU 88.5 : News

D.C. Restaurateur Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charges

Play associated audio

A politically-connected restaurant owner from Washington's Chinatown district and his son have pleaded not guilty to charges of bribing public officials to get taxicab licenses.

Tony' Cheng and his son, Anthony Cheng Jr., are accused of giving $1,500 to the former chairman of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission, Leon Swain, and promising to pay him 10 percent of their profits if he would help them falsify documents they needed to start a taxicab business.

The younger Cheng faces two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The elder Cheng, who owns a restaurant that bears his name, faces one count each of bribery and conspiracy.

The Chengs declined to comment outside of court Monday.


From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

What Information Do Intelligence Agencies Need To Keep U.S. Safe?

In the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University about what information intelligence agencies need to keep the U.S. safe.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.