In the above Post article, they say federal agents were looking for documents in the councilmember's office about "taxicab legislation, licenses, medallions, a taxi company called United Fleet Management and Fiesta D.C." Apparently the police used an informant with a wire to collect evidence on Loza. Loza's attorney says he has done nothing wrong.
The City Paper has a bit more:
Regarding the employment of Loza’s wife at the Fiesta D.C. nonprofit, Graham “categorically” denied that was connected to his practice of sending earmarked funds to the group through his committee. And he also addressed why, from 2002 to 2007, he held a one-percent interest in Loza’s condominium apartment: “When he first purchased the apartment, he wanted some assistance from me; I helped him a little bit.” When Loza refinanced, he says, he got his money back.Here's Graham's statement:
I was deeply upset and deeply saddened to learn that Ted Loza was arrested yesterday by the FBI on charges of taking a bribe.Pretty wild! We'll see what happens.
As my constituents, I want you to know --
I have not personally engaged in any illegal behavior or activity.
What Teddy allegedly did in no way influenced any action I took on legislation. Indeed, Teddy generally is not involved, nor is he consulted on legislative matters which are instead handled by myself and our committee staff.
As I said to FBI agents yesterday, I will fully cooperate with their investigation bringing forth all of the information relevant and needed.
I have placed Teddy on administrative leave effective yesterday, with pay, until there are further developments. Teddy--like all of us-is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
If you have concerns or questions, please let me know--as always--by using this direct email address for me.
UPDATE: Here's more from the City Paper on Loza and Fiesta DC.