D.C. Council Member's Chief of Staff Arrested on Bribery Charges

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By Del Quentin Wilber and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 24, 2009; 12:58 PM

The chief-of-staff to D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was arrested Thursday morning by federal agents on bribery charges, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Ted G. Loza, 44, was taken into custody at his home. He is due to appear in the District's federal court Thursday afternoon. Keep an eye on the D.C. Wire today for updates.

UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: Several FBI agents are searching Loza's office at the John A. Wilson building. About a half-dozen agents arrived about 15 minutes ago, said David Lipscomb, a spokesman for Council member Graham. The agents were carrying a "search kit" and were talking pictures.

In addition to searching Graham's office, the FBI also appears to be trying to retrieve various computer files. The agents are being accompanied by city computer technicians in trying to retrieve data from the council mainframe computer in the basement of the John A. Wilson Building, council sources said.

"All we know is, the FBI showed up and they had a warrant," Lipscomb said. "We are getting details and contacting Council member Graham."

Graham is out of the office.

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