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D.C. Restaurant Owner And Son Plead Guilty To Bribing Taxicab Official

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A restaurant owner in the District and his son are pleading guilty to making illegal payments to the head of the city's taxicab commission.

Tony Cheng — the politically connected owner of a restaurant in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood — and his son Anthony, Jr. could each receive up to six months in prison under the plea agreement with prosecutors.

Federal prosecutors say the Chengs gave $1,500 in cash to the chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission for help obtaining taxi licenses for a new business. The chairman was working as an FBI informant at the time, and the Chengs were indicted last year on charges of conspiring to bribe a public official.

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen called the Chengs' admission, in his words, a sobering reminder that authorities in D.C. must continue to aggressively fight the pay-to-play culture.

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