Former Melissa mayor pleads guilty to mail fraud

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 12:30 PM

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MELISSA — David Dorman, who was the mayor of the Collin County town of Melissa for nine years, is now a convicted criminal.

In a deal with prosecutors, Dorman agreed to plead guilty if the charge against him was changed from extortion to mail fraud, which carries the same penalty.

Whatever the charge, Dorman is guilty of a serious crime, said Malcolm Bales, U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Texas, whose office prosecuted the case.

"He flat-out abused the position that the people of Melissa elected him to, to line his pockets," Bales said.

In a signed factual statement Dorman made to the federal court, the former mayor admitted he took two payments from real estate developer John Christie in 2007 in exchange for annexing land into the City of Melissa and agreeing that Melissa would provide water and sewer lines to the property.

Law enforcement officials found out about the exchange from a concerned citizen.

In a 2009 interview with News 8, Dorman said: “I haven’t made any money off the real estate in Melissa at this time. Maybe in 10, 15 or 20 years.”

Dorman faces 30 to 37 months in prison, and must pay restitution of $30,000.

“This man David Dorman completely abused his authority,” Bales said. “There really can be no more serious charge.”

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