Council Member Pays for Abortion


Graham Put Aide’s Girlfriend’s Abortion on His Credit Card

Graham gave thousands to aide accused of bribery
October 1, 2009 – 1:39pm
Mark Segraves, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – New details about a D.C. City Hall bribery scandal raise serious questions about whether the councilmember at the center of the controversy could have seen trouble coming.

As FBI agents were searching his chief of staff’s office, D.C. Councilman Jim Graham (Ward 1) was telling reporters he had no idea that Ted Loza was having money troubles.

When asked if Loza ever had any ethical problems, Graham responded, “none whatsoever.”

But the Washington City Paper uncovered court records and emails that tell a different story.

The documents show Graham paid Loza more than $3,000 so Loza’s girlfriend could have an abortion, loaned him $1,000 in cash and co-signed Loza’s mortgage.

Over the past few years, Graham received at least one complaint that Loza had physically abused his girlfriend.

Graham also was aware that Loza was in a bar fight and threatened to have the club owners’ liquor license revoked. Graham oversees the agency that issues liquor licenses.

Loza is accused of accepting cash, trips and limo rides in exchange for pushing taxi cab legislation.

On wire taps, Loza – who faces 60 years in prison – is heard saying he’s taking the bribes because he needs the money.

Graham declined to comment on the story.

(Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)
Mark Segraves, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – New details about a D.C. City Hall bribery scandal raise serious questions about whether the councilmember at the center of the controversy could have seen trouble coming.

As FBI agents were searching his chief of staff’s office, D.C. Councilman Jim Graham (Ward 1) was telling reporters he had no idea that Ted Loza was having money troubles.

When asked if Loza ever had any ethical problems, Graham responded, “none whatsoever.”

But the Washington City Paper uncovered court records and emails that tell a different story.

The documents show Graham paid Loza more than $3,000 so Loza’s girlfriend could have an abortion, loaned him $1,000 in cash and co-signed Loza’s mortgage.

Over the past few years, Graham received at least one complaint that Loza had physically abused his girlfriend.

Graham also was aware that Loza was in a bar fight and threatened to have the club owners’ liquor license revoked. Graham oversees the agency that issues liquor licenses.

Loza is accused of accepting cash, trips and limo rides in exchange for pushing taxi cab legislation.

On wire taps, Loza – who faces 60 years in prison – is heard saying he’s taking the bribes because he needs the money.

Graham declined to comment on the story.

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Council Member Pays for Abortion

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