Attorney: Federal grand jury subpoenas sent out in John Wiley Price case

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by JASON TRAHAN

WFAA

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 10:52 PM

DALLAS -- An attorney for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price's top assistant says federal grand jury subpoenas have gone out in the long-dormant FBI corruption investigation.

Tom Mills, attorney for Dapheny Fain, said Thursday that associates of his clients and others have been called to testify before a grand jury.

It is the first public sign of activity in the case since last year. That's when the government's civil forfeiture lawsuit to keep more than $400,000 agents seized from Price was put on hold to make way for a parallel criminal investigation.

Grand jury proceedings are secret by law, and federal prosecutors won't comment. Since the investigation surfaced in 2011, Price has denied wrongdoing. He has not been charged with any crimes.

In June 2011, FBI agents seized $229,000 they found in Price's Oak Cliff home. They also searched the homes and offices of Fain and Price's political consultant, Kathy Nealy. None have been charged with any crimes.

From December 2011 to March 2012, agents seized an additional $230,000 that a Dallas County builder was set to pay Price for the purchase of a vacant lot.

In 2012, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas filed a civil forfeiture lawsuit seeking to keep all of Price's seized money. Federal authorities claimed it was part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy stretching back to the 1990s.

The FBI's investigation of Price appears to be centered on money flowing through his campaign fund, various land deals, the African heritage and health festival he founded, his pricey car collection, and various businesses controlled by his associates.

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