DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Department of Justice announced federal charges against four Dayton men Tuesday, including a current City of Dayton employee who has since been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
“The FBI and Department of Justice did not provide the city with any information concerning the indictments prior to arresting Roshawn Winburn, a current employee with our Human Relations Council,” said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.
Roshawn Winburn serves as the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center.
Court documents allege Winburn participated in a scheme to get around regulations and rules regarding the awarding of contracts to disadvantaged businesses.
They detail that Winburn had the ability to know upcoming projects and influence who the contract was awarded to. They also say he had accepted bribes, including cash payments totaling over 20 thousand dollars for his own benefit.
“Mr. Winburn is charged with multiple counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, each one covers up to twenty years in prison plus bribery counts which are up to ten years in prison and then one count of lying to the FBI which is up to five years in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.
Brian Higgins, a Dayton businessman was also named in Tuesday’s indictment readings.
He faces one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud for alleging a 600-gallon fish tank leaked at his house.
“That relates to an insurance fraud which is not related to public corruption, but it arose from the same investigation which is why that indictment is being handed down at the same time today,” Glassman said.
Higgins’ attorney released a statement to 2 NEWS Tuesday evening, stating:
It is unfortunate that the government decided to make it look like Mr. Higgins has any relationship with the cases against Williams, Winburn and Luckie. He has nothing to do with those accusations other than apparently being accused by the same contractor that accuses them. We cannot speak on the accusations this person makes against others, but Mr. Higgins previously reported this contractor to authorities for fraud. We will be reviewing very carefully how this contractor has convinced authorities that he is not actually the one to have committed fraud.