A Former North Texas Mayor and a Land Developer Indicted on Public Corruption Charges in Zoning Conspiracy
PLANO, Texas –The former mayor of Richardson, Texas and a land developer who she eventually married, have been indicted on federal conspiracy violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Laura Jordan, also known as Laura Maczka, 53, and Mark Jordan, 51, both of Plano, Texas were named in a seven-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery, and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. A federal grand jury returned the indictment on May 10, 2018. Maczka and Jordan made initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest Johnson today.
According to the indictment, from May 2013 through April 2015, Maczka was the mayor of Richardson, Texas, and Jordan was a land developer. The indictment alleges that Maczka and Jordan conspired to devise and execute a scheme to defraud and deprive City of Richardson residents of the honest services of the Mayor through bribery. Maczka, contrary to her campaign promises, supported and repeatedly voted for controversial zoning changes sought by Jordan ultimately allowing for the construction of over 1,000 new apartments in Richardson near Richardson neighborhoods. The indictment alleges that, in exchange, Jordan paid Maczka over $18,000 in cash and $40,000 by check, paid for over $24,000 in renovations to Maczka’s home, paid for Maczka’s luxury hotel stays and airfare upgrades, and provided Maczka lucrative employment at one of Jordan’s companies. According to the indictment, Maczka and Jordan failed to disclose to the public that they had coordinated to effect the zoning changes Jordan wanted and that Jordan had provided a stream of benefits to Maczka.
“These are the kinds of things that make the public distrust government officials,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown. “Public servants should not be for sale, and this indictment clearly indicates that that Ms. Maczka’s vote was for sale, and Mr. Jordan certainly was willing to buy it.”
"With the indictment and arrest of Maczka and Jordan, the FBI will continue its efforts to identify and bring to justice those public servants who use their positions of trust to benefit themselves personally and conspire with others to violate federal corruption laws," said Erick K. Jackson, FBI Dallas Special Agent-In-Charge.
If convicted, both Maczka and Jordan face up to 20 years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.