DALLAS -- Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price refused to answer questions Monday about whether he plans to personally meet with prosecutors this week to hear details about their ongoing criminal corruption case against him.
“You’ve got to talk to my attorney,” Price said when asked if he will himself attend a meeting with federal prosecutors.
Price responded to questions about the FBI corruption probe Monday at an unrelated news conference at the Dallas County Health Department.
He then said, “I’m going to switch to Swahili” and said something apparently in that language but did not translate it. He then relinquished the podium.
He answered no further questions on the topic.
Last week Ravkind acknowledged Price received a target letter from federal authorities, which is common in federal criminal investigations. It also signals that Price and others will be indicted soon, probably this summer.
Tom Mills, attorney for Price’s top assistant Dapheny Fain, said that his client, who is also a target of the FBI probe, also got an invitation to meet with federal prosecutors.
“This was specifically an invitation to come in and debate the evidence,” Mill said. He is not sure if his client will agree to the meeting.
The FBI investigation of Price went public in 2011. Agents searched his home, and also conducted searches of Fain and political consultant Kathy Nealy, a close associate of Price. The attorney for Nealy did not return phone calls.
In civil court documents filed in 2012, agents say they are investigating money Price allegedly received from companies with business before the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court. They also allege that he laundered money through his campaign and KwanzaaFest, an annual health fair he founded. They also say he hid assets in a bankruptcy case.
Price has denied all wrongdoing, and has not been charged with any crimes.