More could be charged following indictments of Dayton officials, businessmen

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams, former state representative Clayton Luckie, City of Dayton Human Council official RoShawn Winburn and Dayton-area businessman Brian Higgins were indicted in Federal court on Tuesday, April 20, 2019, for charges ranging from conspiracy and bribery to mail and wire fraud.  

Winburn was indicted on six separate counts, Higgins is facing four, Williams indicted on two and Luckie facing one. All four were released on bond.  

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in a press conference prior to their court hearing that more charges may be coming against more people.  

The four had their first hearing in front of Judge Michael Newman who said their case would be handled by Judge Thomas Rose. All four were released on own recognizance bond. All but Higgins will appear before Rose on May 16.  

“The city is learning of the indictments today in the same manner as our residents, employees and media have,” Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said. “The FBI and Department of Justice did not provide the city with information regarding prior to the indictments.”  

Joey Williams is the market president and commercial banking sales leader at KeyBank. He served on the Dayton City Commission from 2002 to 2018. He left the commission four months after his re-election to take over as the market head for KeyBank.   

A federal indictment obtained by 2 NEWS alleged: “Between on or about Jan. 31, 2015 and on or about Dec. 31, 2015, in the Southern District of Ohio, defendant Joey D. Williams corruptly solicited, demanded, accepted and agreed to accept a thing of value involving $5,000 or more … intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction and series of transactions of the City of Dayton.”  

The indictment stated an Individual A discussed with Williams problems obtaining contracts and work with the city of Dayton. Williams, “indicated that he had a construction project that he hoped to complete at his personal residence.” Individual A offered to complete this construction project at Williams house for a discounted price, which Williams accepted understanding anticipated Williams using his position with the city to help award Individual A with contracts.  

Williams “intervened on the behalf of Individual A” to award contracts from the city and the CityWide foundation totaling in excess of $150,000. Williams continued to solicit favors including $50,000 in cash and further construction work at his home.   

He was a member of the Dayton Board of Education from 1993 to 2001, when he won election to the city commission.   

Clayton Luckie was a State Rep in the 39th district from 2006 to 2012. He didn’t seek re-election in 2012 after the FBI began investigating him for felony and misdemeanor charges of political corruption for taking campaign funds and using them for personal expenses.  

According to the Columbus Dispatch, he pleaded guilty to seven felony charges and one misdemeanor in January 2013. He served three years in prison and was released in March 2016.   

Federal law enforcement alleged Luckie defrauded the city of Dayton thousands of dollars through a scheme involving two companies. He used an administrative support and database company that qualified as a disadvantaged business (named Corporation A in the indictment) to cover for a construction company that didn’t have disadvantaged business status (Corporation B). Luckie expected Corporation B to “pay him thousands of dollars in cash – even though he nor Corporation A had performed or provided actual, bona fide demotion or construction work on a project consistent with the government contract.”   

RoShawn Winburn is a managing partner with Jasper Browne LLC located in Vandalia and a business and technical assistance administrator for the City of Dayton since March. For seven years he was on the City of Dayton Human Relations Council. He was the program director for the Minority Business Assistance Center.  

A federal indictment against Winburn alleged from September 2014 to September 2017 he defrauded the city by using his position as a public employee to solicit and accept bribes from private individuals and companies seeking to do business with the city or to influence other pending matters.

Read the federal indictments here

The indictment said Winburn took over $20,000 in cash. He failed to perform checks on individuals and entities seeking certifications for the Procurement Enhancement Program, the Ohio Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and the State of Ohio Diversity, Growth and Equity program.   

From October 2015 to October 2017 he was the treasurer of The Norris Cole Foundation, a charity created by the Dunbar High School graduate and former NBA basketball star. He served one year from 2008 to 2009 on the Huber Heights City Council.   

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