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Roshawn Winburn

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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.

(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.

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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One of four men indicted on federal corruption charges has pled guilty. Former State Rep. Clayton Luckie entered his guilty plea to a single count of mail fraud, though his indictment under an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton also included a felony count of wire fraud.

The city of Dayton’s Human Relations Council announced Tuesday it has hired Trotwood management consultant Adrienne Heard.

According to a press release from the city, Heard will join the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center to ensure it remains fully operational.

A city spokesperson says Heard will serve as a consultant, "joining staff to handle services until further notice."

Last week, the center’s director RoShawn Winburn was indicted under federal charges of alleged fraud and public corruption. Winburn remains on administrative leave.

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Dayton officials say the city’s Minority Business Assistance Center remains open for business. Center director RoShawn Winburn is on leave and faces wire fraud and public corruption charges stemming from a federal investigation revealed last week by the Department of Justice.

He’s accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes and providing confidential information to companies seeking city contracts.

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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. 

Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein
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Late Tuesday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement commenting on the indictments and arrests of former city commissioner Joey Williams, two other public officials and a Dayton-area business owner. U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials handed down the indictments alleging public corruption and fraud in Dayton, and city commissioners are following suit with their own comments.

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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Former longtime Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams is among a handful of public officials and business owners now facing federal fraud charges.  The Department of Justice said Tuesday the charges are the result of a sweeping investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton.