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Former Dayton City Commissioner Sentenced In Corruption Probe

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Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams was sentenced in U. S. District Court on Wednesday to 12 months in prison.

Williams plead guilty in September 2019 to bribery related to government services. He will also have to pay $28,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.

The bribery charge stems from a 2015 deal in which Williams accepted more than $35,000 in cash benefits and a free home patio construction project.

The company he contracted with then received roughly $150,000 in contracts with the City of Dayton and the non-profit CityWide Development Corporation.

David DeVillers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, says Williams then acted to conceal the fraud. Williams served as city commissioner from 2001 to 2018, when he abruptly stepped down from office.

Others charged in corruption investigations that have been underway in the Southern District of Ohio include RoShawn Winburn, Clayton Luckie, Brian Higgins, Steve Rauch, Joyce Cameron and James Cameron.

Luckie was sentenced in November 2019 to four months in prison for mail fraud.

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