Burnett told the Observer he was promised a Skyline supervisory position at a salary of $150,000. Waste Management denies the claim. The councilman says he turned his back on Waste Management because the company didn't keep its promises to him.

Kendall states that he and another FBI agent interviewed Dunn in August at his home on Ferris' east side. According to the affidavit, Dunn told them he'd been working as a Waste Management consultant for three years and had just had his contract renewed.

On August 29, after obtaining a warrant, FBI agents searched Dunn's home and seized a computer, a word processor, and several boxes of financial records, correspondence, and legal documents.

Waste Management, for its part, has stood behind Dunn, who sold Skyline landfill to the Illinois-based solid-waste giant in 1987.

Jim Lattimore, business development manager at Waste Management's regional office in Irving, told the Observer: "We don't know anything about why the FBI initiated its investigation. Everything Waste Management has done is aboveboard and subject to public scrutiny." He added that Waste Management has "not directed Mr. Dunn's political activities."

Lattimore said he doesn't monitor or reimburse expenses incurred by Dunn, who is a self-employed consultant for Waste Management.

Lynn Derman, a public-relations consultant for Waste Management, said opponents of the landfill expansion have "trumped up" charges against Dunn to get the FBI involved in a "last-gasp effort to derail the expansion application."

"Everything Waste Management has done with Bill Dunn has been totally aboveboard," she added, "and there's no wrongdoing there."

--Julie Lyons

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