Prosecutors Ask for 14 Months in D.C. Cab Corruption Case

Wednesday, May 25, 2011  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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Prosecutors Ask for 14 Months in D.C. Cab Corruption Case

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Ted Loza

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Prosecutors in Washington are asking that the former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham be sentenced to 14 months in prison for his role in a bribery case involving the city's taxicab industry.

Prosecutors filed a 15-page sentencing memo in federal court in Washington on Wednesday requesting the sentence. Loza pleaded guilty to two counts of accepting illegal gratuities and one count of making a false statement in February. Federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of between eight and 14 months in prison, but prosecutors asked for a sentence at the top of the range, saying it would promote respect for the law and help deter future public corruption.

Loza was originally scheduled to be sentenced May 12. That date has been changed to June 7.

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