The foreign-trade-zone episode was only one of many attempts by Price to slow down the Inland Port. Later, by joining forces with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Morning News, Price squeezed off key revenue and infrastructure for the Inland Port, in part by accusing Allen and Co. of racism.

The Inland Port situation is one of many cited in the affidavit in which Nealy and others passed money to Price. It looks as if all of these instances will be woven together in what used to be called a "net worth" IRS case. The government totes up all of the money that flows into and out of Price's hands, comes up with a number for his cash flow, then compares that with his declared income. The payments cited from Hillwood are part of $2 million the FBI says Nealy collected from clients with business before the county commissioners.

Knowledgeable sources, whose information is supported by the affidavit, tell me that Nealy often delivered cash to Price. When FBI people raided his home safe last year, they found some of that cash still wrapped in time-and-date-stamped paper bands that link the cash directly to Nealy's original bank transactions.

The affidavit quoted here was filed in a federal civil action aimed at allowing the government to keep possession of $229,590 in cash seized from Price's safe and another $230,763 seized from a real estate transaction. In about two months from now, defense lawyers will be able to file demands for information from the government about its civil case. The government will not want to answer those interrogatories.

The assumption among people I talk to is that the indictments are now less than two months away. Once those come down, the civil case will be put on hold.

Allen and Co. eventually emerged from federal bankruptcy proceedings. The Inland Port project in Dallas is still under way, and backers hope it will regain momentum as the economy improves.

Meanwhile, the billions of dollars in public infrastructure that Hillwood hoped to steer its way are already on the ground.

Why was such a vast operation ever worried about a bunch of scrubby land in southern Dallas in 2007? The confluence of highways and rail lines, the tides of international trade and the economy came together in May 2007 to give southern Dallas its one perfect moment to strike.

That chance is gone forever. The federal government will argue that it went into John Wiley Price's pocket.

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Downndallas
Downndallas

As a voter in South Dallas, I hope the truth comes out one way or the other. If Price was involved in South Dallas losing the Inland Port deal, I hope he goes to jail for a very long time. But, I guarantee that Price wasn't/isn't the only one involved in this corruption scam and whatever other corrupt endeavors that the FBI finds. My only hope is that the wool will be pulled off of all involved (Rawlings and his many backers, West, other council members,etc.), and not just Price. God bless you, Jim. You're the best journalist in Dallas.

Bloodinthewater
Bloodinthewater

DC, you keep saying it is coming to City Hall? When? I think you know many have tried to get info out to a lazy, dense, disinterested media and a too often complicit HUD. Will something happen before all the whistleblowers get canned? Are you in DC DC?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Jim, I excite to follow this! Are the comedy duo of Archie and Arthur going to run the sh+thole called Dallas County when he's indicted?

Paul
Paul

No matter what the outcome, no matter what the evidence, no matter who goes to jail, the average African -- American in south Dallas will still voice the opinion that this is just whitey putting his boot on JWP's neck ... And one other thing, I guarantee that certain politicians and businessmen will be able to cast enough doubt in the jury's mind that they knew nothing about payoffs to JWP and will be able to show something acceptable for why the checks were written to Nealy ... And as for their going around south Dallas with JWP, well, he is a county commissioner and this is unincorporated land in his precinct.

Lancasterkid
Lancasterkid

Don't forget the Mayor of Lancaster, he sucked right up to Big John and I'm sure he didn't do it for nothing!

Halldecker
Halldecker

There wasn't as much proof of a conspiracy developed and orchestrated to delay and hinder construction to benefit an existing property and owner. Reunion Arena didn't lay out a mil or two during the vote on whether to approve the AA Center. Amon Carter Field and Love Field didn't come up with ways to stop construction of DFW. (that's a special case, the Feds told them DFW had to be built) Ft Worth, the governmental districts Alliance has built it, has been incredibly generous in tax breaks, incentives, etc.

Gem
Gem

Roll JWP, Roll!!!!! Come on baby, Roll on them rich white folk!!!!!!!!!!

Crw4751blueflag
Crw4751blueflag

If what this article state's is true.......and how the political process got done in the past, then why in HELL has no one in past was iindicted when construction projects like Alliance ...DFW airport....AA Center

Halldecker
Halldecker

The Perots, others not as prominent, put the Two Mil into Kathy's hands, some unknown part of it going to JWP. What's unspoken, if John goes down he starts squealing. And the Perots, others, aren't gonna like what he tells the Feds, not one bit. Feds then put in the position of indicting the Perots, or ignoring and fading the heat. At one point the Feds had the ... testicles ... to indict super-rich. They nailed two of the Billionaire Hunt bros for wiretapping HL's staff. (They got off when the trial was shipped to the Panhandle) Come on, do any of you really think JWP is going to take the fall without bringing others down with him?

watchingsouthdetroit
watchingsouthdetroit

JWP, others in Dallas city and county, and the Dallas Morning News who kept delaying this project and wanting more "studies" all should be investigated and prosecuted. Royce West should be jailed also - he was part of the shakedown. This was just bribery and people selling their government offices and positions for personal gain at the expense of many residents. Maybe one day the people of south Dallas will understand that JWP sold out thousands of construction jobs and thousand of permanent jobs in the inland port to line his own pockets. Their "man downtown" sold them out to the highest bidder. Maybe then they will elect some honest leaders.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Even more so than its economic impact on the City of Dallas itself would be the impact on the City of Lancaster. Look at this map and see why. I remember thinking that town would die when the tornado in 1994 destroyed part of the downtown and hundreds of nearby homes. Just imagine what all those jobs could mean to that little city, which somehow has survived nature's fury and economic decline. Imagine how local businesses would find it easier to survive and even prosper due to those workers spending a lot of their wages right there locally. And now think about how Cedar Hill, Desoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and Mesquite would also all benefit from this, by supplying more workers, contracting businesses, even extra traffic to places like Town East Mall, Uptown Village at Cedar Hill, the Paragon outlet mall going up on I-20 in Grand Prairie, and so on. Price hasn't just betrayed the people who voted for him, he's betrayed the region.

Ruth
Ruth

Let's not forget the SALT "Welcome to the Neighborhood, Mr. Allen" committee. Does anyone remember the story about Mayor Mike, Willis Johnson, and Ross Perot, Jr. in a helicopter over South and West Dallas discussing its "potential." Potential for anything other than the inland port, it seems now.

NDG
NDG

Should the Perot's not go to jail for the involvement in this scheme? It strikes me heavily that the Perot's were obviously the ones controlling JWP's puppet strings, with Money! Why wouldnt charges also be handed down on the Perots?

Cutherd Cupcake
Cutherd Cupcake

This criminal bully's comeuppance is long overdue. The only sad part is that I will have to celebrate his 'demise' with a whole bunch of pasty white Republican Dallasites, who for my money are as despicable and racist as John No-So-Wiley Price.

DC
DC

The walls are closing in on many politico's in Dallas, not just JWP. Lets not forget about City Hall...........

 
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