Price: 'No clue' why FBI is conducting investigation

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 27 at 8:33 PM

DALLAS — Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price spent much of Monday afternoon at his attorney’s office after FBI agents executed search warrants at his home and office.

During a news conference held at attorney Billy Ravkind's office, Price said he had no idea why he apparently the target of a federal investigation.

"Twenty-seven years I have been in this office, and this is not the first time that I have had to come up against this adversity," said Price.

He said the FBI raids were a surprise to him. He was confronted by agents in his office.

"There were individuals there," Price said. "I had been to a meeting. I came in and there were individuals both on the bottom floor and the second floor."

The FBI executed five search warrants starting early Monday morning — one for Price’s Dallas County office; another at his Oak Cliff home; and two for his cars, a BMW and an Avalanche. The last search warrant was for him.

All the search warrants requested cash, electronic material and e-mail history dating back to 2001.

Price said agents confiscated his personal cell phone and several of his vehicles.

Price’s attorney said he is not aware of any charges against the commissioner.

As far as his political future, Price said he is not planning to go anywhere.

"For 27 years I’ve represented my constituents and I plan to be around another 27 years," he  said.

Price said he will attend Tuesday’s scheduled Dallas Commissioners Court meeting that starts at 9 a.m.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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