D.C. Council staffer Loza may face more charges

By Del Quentin Wilber
Monday, January 11, 2010; 7:51 PM

Ted G. Loza, a top D.C. Council staffer accused of accepting bribes tied to the taxi industry, will probably face additional charges, federal prosecutors disclosed in court papers Monday.

Loza has been charged in the District's federal court with accepting $1,500 in bribes and free trips from an undercover FBI informant in exchange for pushing legislation that would benefit some in the taxi industry. Loza, chief of staff to Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), was arrested in September and had a trial scheduled for March. But the trial probably won't happen then because "it is very likely that additional charges will be brought in this matter," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb wrote in court papers. Crabb asked U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman to postpone a status conference and to vacate dates for pending motions in light of possible new charges.

The prosecutor did not disclose the nature of the new charges. Pleasant Brodnax, Loza's attorney, said he did not "know what is coming" but maintained his client's innocence.

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