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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.
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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.

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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.

Federal law enforcement authorities announced first wave of charges in the ongoing probe in April.
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Federal law enforcement officials have unsealed additional fraud charges in an ongoing public corruption investigation. The first wave of charges in the far-reaching probe were announced back in April.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s office charged three people:

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams has been convicted in connection with an ongoing federal corruption probe. He pleaded guilty Friday to bribery charges in United States District Court.

Williams was indicted earlier this year for accepting a construction project at his home in exchange for influence over the awarding of city contracts.  

He’s expected to be sentenced January 29.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Voters across the Dayton region cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections. In the competitive race for Dayton City Commission, five candidates were vying to compete for two open seats in the fall. Now, four candidates move on to a place on the November ballot.

Montgomery County Board of Election unofficial results show voters approved incumbent City Commissioners Matt Joseph, with more than 28 percent of the vote, and Chris Shaw, with more than 25 percent of the vote, to compete in November.

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On Tuesday, four Dayton men, including former city commissioner Joey Williams and current city official Roshawn Winburn, were indicted on a range of charges including bribery, wire fraud, and public corruption. Former state representative Clayton Luckie, and entrepreneur Brian Higgins were also indicted. 

The allegations come ahead of  the May 7 primary election where five candidates are running for two open seats on the city commission.

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The Dayton Commission held its first meeting Wednesday, one day after federal law enforcement officials revealed a major investigation into alleged fraud and public corruption in the city’s government. The probe is related to the city’s handling of public contracts.

At the commission meeting, Dayton officials announced they’re launching their own separate internal investigation into the federal allegations.