More Charges Against Councilman Graham's Former Aide

Loza accused of accepting bribes to promote taxi legislation

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    Ted Loza

    Federal prosecutors have added new charges to their case against a former D.C. official accused of accepting bribes in exchange for promoting the interests of certain taxicab companies.

    Ted G. Loza was chief of staff for Councilman Jim Graham, who until October oversaw taxis on the council.

    Loza, 44, was charged in September with two counts of bribery. On Thursday, a grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Loza that adds an additional bribery count, one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, one count of extortion and one count of making false statements.

    More than $30,000 worth of cash, trips and other gifts were given or offered to Loza in exchange for promoting favorable legislation, prosecutors said.

    Loza's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.