DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former Dayton City Commissioner and a former State Representative are among those named in a federal investigation into what officials are calling a “culture of corruption” in the city of Dayton.
Joey Williams and Clayton Luckie are two familiar names in Dayton. Williams is a former longtime Dayton City Commissioner who resigned in 2018, while Luckie is a former Dayton school board member and Ohio Representative who served time in prison for political corruption.
Tuesday, both men pleaded not guilty in court to corruption and fraud charges.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in a press conference, “This investigation has been covert until now, but is now overt. This is the first wave of indictments; I do expect there to be additional charges.”
Four Dayton men face a total of 13 counts of corruption and fraud as the result of a massive and still-ongoing federal investigation.
Former City Commissioner Joey Williams pleaded not guilty to one count of soliciting bribes as a government employee.
Williams’ federal indictment accuses him of rewarding a construction company with a city contract if they did work on his home for free.
“I and everyone who stands here today is committed to devoted whatever resources are necessary to investigate and prosecute public corruption to the fullest extent of the law,” Glassman said.
Clayton Luckie spent several years in prison for political corruption after a stint as a representative in the Statehouse.
On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Federal authorities allege he took advantage of programs that help disadvantaged businesses, securing money for businesses that did not do any work.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said, “What’s bleeding here is our trust in government. The victims of this crime are each and every citizen who pays their taxes and follows the law.”
Both men were released on bond after a brief court hearing.
“This investigation into corruption in the Dayton area remains ongoing and is likely to produce more arrests in the future,” said Joe Deters, Asst. Special Agent in Charge with the FBI.
Williams appeared visibly upset when he left the courthouse Tuesday. He declined to comment, but his attorney said that Williams “loves this city.”