Final Defendant Faces Trial in Dallas City Hall Corruption Scandal

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The final case in the 2007 massive public corruption scandal centered on former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, began Monday. Builder Ron Slovacek is accused of being part of a scheme to funnel bribes to Hill and former Plan Commissioner D’Angelo Lee.

According to authorities, Slovacek, who is white, is accused of secretly partnering with Andrea Spencer, who is black, and using her minority business certificate to solicit construction contracts from wealthy Dallas developer Brian Potashnik, one of two developers  being shaken down by the Hill and Lee. The two officials pressured Potashnik and another developer, James R. Fisher into paying bribes for favorable votes to secure contracts for public housing projects. Fisher notified the FBI and became an informant.

Prosecutors charge that Slovacek was a knowing participant, who handled the work on framing contracts won by Spencer, which were billed at inflated prices. Some of those monies found their way back to Hill and Lee, by way of a phony consulting firm set up by Hill’s wife, Sheila Hill.

Thirteen people have so far been convicted or have pleaded guilty, including Hill who is serving 18 years in prison and Lee who is serving 14 years.

The Dallas Morning News

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