Ethics questioned in Price property deals




Posted on June 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 29 at 3:57 PM

DALLAS — Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price purchased land from a businessman who he regulated.

The questionable purchases were made in August 2010.

Records show the Commissioner paid $80,000 for two vacant lots located on North Marsalis Avenue near his Oak Cliff home.

The property was sold to him by Dallas attorney Bill Knox. Knox also runs the largest bail bonds company in Dallas County.

The industry is supervised by Dallas County's Bail Bond Board, which is is made up of county officials — including Price.

Former board members tell News 8 the land deals are ethically questionable.

The members —  who asked that their names not be released — said Price never let the board know about the purchases, nor did he say who he was doing business with.

Knox said he didn't know Price was on the board at the time of the purchase.

Records show the parcels were on the market for nearly two years before the Commissioner purchased them.

Knox said he paid between $40,000 and $45,000 for the land and sold it to the Commissioner for $80,000.