The Price Trial: Key players
John Wiley Price – Price, 66, of Dallas, is one of the most powerful and influential African American politicians in North Texas. Since being elected as Dallas County’s first black commissioner in 1984, Price has earned the nickname “Our Man Downtown” among his District 3 constituents. Price is known for advocating for minority- and women-owned businesses, and clashing with non-minortity local officials. He founded the annual black cultural festival known as KwanzaaFest.
Dapheny Elaine Fain – Fain, 55, of DeSoto, has been a loyal assistant to Price since 1995 when she became his county secretary. She is vice president of the commissioner’s KwanzaaFest festival, and owns a promotional items business called Male Man Sales, or MMS. The FBI says she used both the festival and her business to launder money for Price. Authorities also say she helped Price hide assets during his bankruptcy. In 2003, Price made a $35,000 down payment on a house in DeSoto for Fain. FBI agents found Price’s $130,000 Bentley in Fain’s garage during the 2011 search. Fain has also worked at Schlumberger oilfield company, Texas Power & Light, EDS Technical Products and the county’s election department.
Kathy Bryant Nealy – Nealy, 64, of Dallas, was once one of the most powerful Democratic political consultants in Texas. She has been a longtime supporter of Price, and received more than $250,000 from Mayor Mike Rawlings campaign in 2012. Nationally, she worked on President Bill Clinton’s re-election efforts. She is close to the descendants of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Nealy has been a paid consultant for several high profile business clients, including Schlumberger and others with business before Commissioner Price and the county. According to the FBI, Nealy and Price share bank accounts. Nealy was a witness for the government in the corruption case against former Dallas City Councilman Don Hill, testifying about developers paying for influence with the city. She is currently a senior vice president with 5Linx, a multi-level marketing company and travels the country giving speeches on wealth building. Nealy will get a separate trial from Price and Fain.