DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Former City of Dayton Human Services official RoShawn Winburn pleaded guilty to one corruption count on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in U.S. District Court in Dayton.
Winburn was indicted in April on federal charges of wire fraud and public corruption. He is one of four men who were indicted including former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams – who has since pleaded guilty – along with local businessman Brian Higgins and former state representative Clayton Luckie, who pleaded guilty in July to wire fraud.
Three of the four individuals have pleaded guilty to charges. Clayton Luckie received a four-month sentence while Joey Williams received a 12-month sentence last month.
Brian Higgins, a local businessman, has pleaded not guilty. He asked for a second delay of his trial on Feb. 6. He’s scheduled to go to trial on July 27.
“I think with all of these cases that have gone forward, it’s a sad day for everyone,” Assistant U.S. District Attorney Brent Tabacchi said. “When you hear Mr. Winburn and his background, this is a man who is very accomplished and it makes it all the more tragic.”
Winburn had originally pleaded not guilty and asked for a delay of his trial to Friday. Tuesday was originally scheduled to be his pre-trial date with his trial to begin on Feb. 24.
“We worked steadily with the government to get to this point,” David Greer, Winburn’s attorney, said. “Now we will meet with the probation officer and worked toward a final disposition.”
Assistant U.S. District Attorney Brent Tabacchi said Winburn had met with a person the government labeled Individual A. Tabacchi said Individual A had submitted bids with the City of Dayton previously weren’t accepted.
“Mr. Winburn received cash payments in envelopes,” Tabacchi said in court. “In return, he gave Individual A information on a bid worth $5,000. Mr. Windburn knew this would give Individual A an advantage over other competing businesses. Individual A met with Mr. Windburn at a local bar and gave him an envelope with $2,000.”
Winburn faced three counts of interstate wire fraud. He pleaded guilty to accepting a thing of value in order to influence a transaction with the government.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 21.
Tabacchi said audio and video evidence had played a large part in many of the plea deals in the cases. He said in some cases, defense attorneys had hundreds of hours of recordings to go through.
“All of these cases had a large volume of discovery,” Tabacchi said. “Any good defense attorney would want to go through those. In the case that have gone to a plea like today, there’s been hundreds of hours they’ve gone through, if anything, for piece of mind that what’s been alleged can or can’t be proven in court.”
WDTN.com reached out to the City of Dayton for a comment.
“The city has a policy of not commenting on personnel issues. Since Mr. Winburn is a former employee we will not comment.”