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Yvette Alexander says implications in AP story about lottery probe are ‘totally false’

D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander, pictured in December 2011. (Chris L. Jenkins/The Washington Post)

On Monday, the Associated Press released an extensive rundown of the ongoing investigation into how the D.C. Council handled the lottery contract in 2009 and 2010.

Citing anonymous sources “familiar with the probe,” the Associated Press reported that two Alexander staffers approached Warren Williams, who partnered with Intralot on the winning lottery bid, asking that “he prove his loyalty” to the council member before she voted on the deal. One of those staffers, according to the wire service, indicated that Alexander wanted $20,000 from Williams.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Alexander said that neither she nor any of her staff have ever been contacted by federal authorities about the allegations. She added that the allegations are not true.

“I want to make it clear that these allegations are totally false and have no merit,” Alexander said. “I have never accepted any money or bribes in exchange for a legislative vote. All of my votes have been based on what I believe is best for my constituents, not what is best for me. I have served the residents of the District of Columbia with the utmost integrity, and I would never jeopardize my reputation with an outright criminal act.”

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney was not immediately available to comment.

Earlier today, Alexander posted on Twitter that her Republican opponent in the November election, Ronald Moten, was behind the allegations. But Moten said he has “under no circumstance” spoke to any law enforcement officials about the lottery contract.

“For her to put that out that in public is irresponsible,” Moten said. “If the Feds were to call me, I would make a statement publicly. I don’t have to hide.”

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.


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