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  • Ex-Brown staffer's records subpoenaed Ohio prosecutor seeks Spellman files named in bribery charges

    12/10/2004 1:09:55 AM PST · by weegee · 1 replies · 667+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 9, 2004, 11:31PM | By RON NISSIMOV and KRISTEN MACK
    Federal prosecutors Thursday subpoenaed city records related to bribery charges against former Mayor Lee Brown's chief of staff and asked for records of a second official who served in Brown's administration. The subpoena from an Ohio prosecutor seeks personnel records of Oliver Spellman, who was named in federal bribery charges earlier this week, and of Monique McGilbra, who quit as director of Houston's Building Services Department in April 2003. McGilbra, who at the time said she was leaving to work in the private sector, could not be reached for comment Thursday. She has not been named in any criminal complaint....
  • Bribe charge sparks city probe - Allegations spur review of airport/energy service contracts

    12/09/2004 12:04:19 PM PST · by weegee · 4 replies · 304+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 9, 2004, 12:37AM | By KRISTEN MACK and RON NISSIMOV
    Bribe charge sparks city probe Allegations against ex-official spur wide review of airport, energy service contracts City officials began a review of airport and energy services contracts Wednesday after learning that an Ohio consultant linked to federal bribery allegations against former Houston Parks Director Oliver Spellman won a shuttle bus contract at Bush Intercontinental Airport. "I've asked the city attorney to investigate based on the information we have received from the federal district attorney," Mayor Bill White said. He said City Attorney Arturo Michel will prepare a memo to the city's office of inspector general on issues that might require...
  • (Houston) Mayor (White) to review city contracts for impropriety

    12/08/2004 4:07:32 PM PST · by weegee · 5 replies · 398+ views
    KHOU Channel 11 HOUSTON ^ | 05:00 PM CST on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 | News Staff Reports
    Mayor Bill White spoke Wednesday about city integrity following the bribery indictment of a one-time aide to former Mayor Lee Brown. Oliver Spellman, who until last Friday also worked as a top aide to County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, has been charged with criminal conspiracy to obtain bribes as a public official. It stems from allegations he helped a consultant in Cleveland, Ohio win City of Houston contracts. Mayor White says all contracts handled by Spellman are under review, and corruption will not be tolerated. "I've said in public microphones for two years, public contracting should be clean and transparent, no...
  • Corruption probe here broadens to 3 states (FIVE STATES now!!!) Oliver Spellman case

    12/08/2004 2:06:01 PM PST · by weegee · 11 replies · 1,403+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | Wednesday, December 08, 2004 | John Caniglia
    Oliver Spellman, the Cleveland parks director under former Mayor Michael R. White, was charged Tuesday with accepting bribes from Beachwood consultant Nate Gray in exchange for political favors in Houston, where Spellman was the mayor's chief of staff. The charges, along with interviews and court documents, show that a sweeping public corruption investigation focusing on Gray has spread beyond the borders of Cuyahoga County to Texas and Louisiana. In Houston, Gray paid Spellman $2,000 and gave him a free hotel stay in Las Vegas and other gifts to land a contract for Gray's business, Etna Parking, to provide shuttle-bus service...
  • Cleveland probe tied to local case - Wiretaps said to ID corrupt N.O. official (Oliver Spellman)

    12/08/2004 2:01:52 PM PST · by weegee · 5 replies · 609+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | Wednesday, December 08, 2004 | By Gordon Russell
    The recent indictment of New Orleans business executive Gilbert Jackson on charges of federal tax evasion is intertwined with a much larger federal probe based in Cleveland that authorities say has produced evidence of public corruption in a handful of cities, New Orleans among them. [snip] "In one instance, a series of recordings are recounted indicating that a bribe has been requested, paid and succeeded in securing access for a contractor," the brief says. "In another recorded conversation, the very words used by the interceptees demonstrate that the corrupt official in question wants to be part of 'a long-term thing.'...
  • Ex-Brown aide faces Ohio bribery charge

    12/08/2004 12:47:53 AM PST · by weegee · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 7, 2004, 11:20PM | By KRISTEN MACK and HARVEY RICE
    Ex-Brown aide faces Ohio bribery charge Oliver Spellman is accused of aiding a consultant trying to get city contracts ----- A chief of staff to former Mayor Lee Brown was charged Tuesday in Ohio with accepting bribes in exchange for helping a Cleveland consultant who was trying to win city of Houston contracts. The charge against Oliver Spellman, who more recently worked as a top aide to County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, is part of a continuing investigation that already has resulted in the bribery indictment of a Cleveland city councilman. Garcia said Spellman resigned suddenly Friday as her chief of...
  • Daley holds out hope of gay set-asides if past bias can be proven

    07/17/2003 9:57:25 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 217+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/17/2003 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley on Wednesday opened the door to contract set-asides for businesses owned by gays and lesbians--provided they can prove they were frozen out of city contracts because of past discrimination. Daley kept the volatile issue alive, one day after Chicago's first openly gay alderman took the first step toward a gay agenda that will start by extending ethics rules to the live-in partners of gay and lesbian city employees and could end with contract set-asides. "You have to look at it. You have to have an open mind. There's nothing wrong with that," the mayor said. Daley said he...