Ex-D.C. Council Staffer Reaches Plea Deal in Bribery Case

By JESSICA GRESKO
|  Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 PM EDT
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Ex-D.C. Council Staffer Reaches Plea Deal in Bribery Case

NBCWashington.com

Ted Loza

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The former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a bribery case.

Ted Loza pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to two counts of accepting an illegal gratuity and one count of making a false statement. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he's likely to receive between eight and 14 months in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Sentencing is set for May 12.

The 45-year-old Loza was charged in 2009 with taking bribes and free trips in exchange for pushing legislation that would benefit some taxicab businesses.

Graham has denied any wrongdoing. He says in a statement that he's happy for Loza that the case has been resolved and notes that Loza did not admit to bribery or conspiracy.

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