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.