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Former Dayton Official Changes Plea To 'Guilty' In Federal Corruption Probe

The artwork "Red Neon Circle Fragments on a Blue Wall 1978" on the front of the Walter H. Rice Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Dayton.
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The artwork "Red Neon Circle Fragments on a Blue Wall 1978" on the front of the Walter H. Rice Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Dayton.

A former director of Dayton’s Minority Business Assistance Center has pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.

RoShawn Winburn entered the plea in federal court today in Dayton.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, in 2015 and 2016 Winburn disclosed internal information regarding disadvantaged business contracts to a local business owner who hoped to obtain contracts with the City of Dayton.

Winburn was charged with accepting cash payments totaling more than $6,500 in exchange for the documents.

Five others have been charged in connection to the federal corruption probe, including former Ohio House Representative Clayton Luckie, and former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams.

Luckie was sentenced in November to four months in prison for mail fraud. Williams was sentenced in January to 12 months in prison.

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