DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Department of Justice announced federal charges against four Dayton men including a Dayton City official and a former City Commissioner.
U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said this is the first wave of charges in a long-running investigation into suspected public corruption in the City of Dayton.
Tuesday, the government unsealed indictments charging current and former city officials as well as local businessmen with “crimes related to corruption and fraud.”
2 NEWS obtained the indictments against four men, including former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams, former State Representative Clayton Luckie, local businessman Roshawn Winburn and Dayton businessman Brian Higgins.
The indictments charge:
- Joey Williams, former Dayton City Commissioner, with bribery as a government official,
- Roshawn Winburn, current Director of Dayton’s Minority Business Assistance Center, with wire fraud and public corruption,
- Clayton Luckie, businessman, with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud,
- Brian Higgins, businessman, with wire fraud.
Glassman said the charges against Higgins are not related to the charges against Williams, Luckie and Winburn but came out of the same investigation.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Cincinnati FBI Division Joseph Deters said this investigation in the Dayton area is ongoing and more charges will likely come in the future.
Deters also said this has been a lengthy investigation to uncover “what appears to be a culture of corruption in Dayton area politics.”
The four men appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon and were released from custody on their own recognizance by the judge.
The City of Dayton said in a statement, “The City is aware and cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving one of our employees. At this time we have no further comments.”
City officials held a news conference to respond to the charges announced Tuesday.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement Tuesay evening, saying: “I, like all City employees, learned of today’s indictments involving City officials through the media. I, like many Daytonians, am sad for our City. The City will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities and I support the City Manager in a thorough investigation of the City’s processes to protect all Dayton residents.”
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