Builder Found Guilty in Dallas City Hall Corruption Case

Friday, Nov 19, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM CDT
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Builder Found Guilty in Dallas City Hall Corruption Case

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Steven Hayes' trial begins.

A builder who was the final defendant to face trial in the Dallas City Hall public corruption case has been found guilty.

A federal jury in Dallas found housing developer Ron Slovacek guilty on Friday of conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Slovacek faces a maximum of 35 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4.

The jury found Slovacek guilty of funneling kickbacks from housing developers to former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, the No. 2 public official in city hall. Hill was sentenced earlier this year to 18 years in prison.

Authorities say the scheme involved city officials shaking down developers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for votes on their low-income housing projects in southern Dallas.

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