FBI raids Dallas gallery linked to Commissioner Price




Posted on June 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 30 at 11:23 PM

DALLAS - A Dallas art gallery billed for car repairs and catering? New evidence suggests that the John Wiley Price investigation is expanding to include a local gallery owner who is a female friend of the county commissioner.
It began at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the South Side on Lamar, a condominium-retail complex.

Witnesses say at least six federal agents made their way inside the Millenium 2000 Gallery, where they stayed most of the day searching for records, taking photographs and looking for evidence of a crime.

The shop's owner, Karen Manning, is a long-time friend of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Their affiliation is known to many. It is even laid out in Price's campaign records.

Over the past four years, Price has used his campaign funds to purchase $46,000 in gifts and services from Manning.

Among the gifts was a $2,150 Kwanzaa gift for indicted former Constable Jaime Cortes, a $1,200 gift for mega-church pastor Ricky Rush and $2,525 in gifts for an unnamed constituents.

Among the services were campaign vehicle repairs, one of which was for $300 and another for $700 and $1,800 for vehicle wrap art.

The FBI won't say exactly what they are looking for in Manning's store and there is no indication that such gifts were improper.

One other Manning-Price connection of possible interest to authorities is a non-profit company called "Where Are the Children Heroes Foundation." The President is Manning. The secretary-treasurer is Price's long-time assistant Dapheny Fain, whose home was searched by federal agents on Monday.

Despite all the bustle of agents and activity, no one has been accused of committing any crimes.