Posts Tagged ‘taxicab scandal’

Ted Loza Speaks: ‘This Is Bullshit’

LL cycled down through the drizzle to the District's federal courthouse this morning to catch a hearing in the Ted Loza bribery case.
Things have been rather quiet in the prosecution of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's former chief of staff, and LL was hoping prosecutors might be filing the new charges they've indicated that might [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Ted Loza

"You know I need it. That's why I take it, you know."
—Ted Loza, chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, June 19

Accused Taxi Briber Will Stay in Jail, Judge Says

Yitbarek Syume, alleged leader of a bribery scheme targeting the D.C. Taxicab Commission, has been ordered to remain in jail pending trial, Jason Cherkis reports from the federal courthouse.
U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman's ruling this afternoon overturns an Oct. 9 decision by Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson to allow Syume to live in a [...]

Graham Withdraws From Taxi Oversight

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham has relinquished his oversight of the District's taxicab industry.
The move comes more than a month after his chief of staff, Ted Loza, was collared in a bribery sting where taxi-related interests are alleged to have paid Loza to influence cab legislation. Graham has had the D.C. Taxicab Commission under the [...]

How Is Causton Toney Connected to the Taxi Probe?

The audiotape played in court yesterday by federal prosecutors have brought one question about the D.C. taxi investigation to the fore: Who is Causton Toney, and how is he caught up in all this?
Toney is a former chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, and before that served Mayor Anthony Williams in his economic development office. [...]

Breaking: More Than 30 New Arrests in Taxi Scandal

A new and massive wave of arrests is cresting in the taxicab scandal that hit D.C. last week: According to spokespersonBen Friedman of the U.S. Attorney's Office, more than 30 suspects have been arrested today in the case. That number, cautions Friedman, could climb.
Authorities also executed several search warrants this morning in connection with the [...]