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Former Dayton city commissioner pleads guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

DAYTON – A former Dayton City Commissioner entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court today for accepting a thing of value in connection with a local government.


Williams served as an elected commissioner of the City of Dayton from 2001 until 2018. In 2015, Williams accepted a construction project at his personal home by an individual for a greatly reduced price in exchange for influencing the awarding of city contracts to that same individual.


The individual’s business was subsequently awarded at least $150,000 in contracts with both the City of Dayton and CityWide Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that functioned as a development and financing arm of the City of Dayton. CityWide routinely awarded thousands of dollars in contracts to private companies for the demolition of homes in Dayton.


Williams accepted more than $35,000 in free benefits from the individual, including cash payments and the construction of a patio at his home.


In an attempt to conceal the fraud, Williams demanded the individual create a fake invoice, falsely reflecting that Williams had personally paid the individual for the home improvement project.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Todd Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber announced today’s plea entered before U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.


Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on January 29.


Others charged include RoShawn Winburn, Clayton Luckie and Brian Higgins. Luckie pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, as well as assistant United States Attorneys Brent Tabacchi, SaMee Harden and Dominick Gerace, who are representing the United States in this case.


If you have any information related to the schemes alleged above, please contact the FBI’s Dayton Public Corruption Tip Line at 937-291-5222.


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Updated September 27, 2019

Public Corruption