(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Reports show that a former FBI agent and a real estate developer from the nation’s capital were found guilty of bribery and conspiracy charges and given lengthy jail terms.
Washington, DC, real estate developer Brian Bailey, 53, and former FBI agent David Paitsel, 42, were sentenced on Wednesday for their part in scams that include private data held from the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Columbia.
According to the office, Paitsel and Bailey’s plot consisted of two distinct phases. It was determined that Bailey had bribed a D.C. program expert in exchange for unredacted, private, Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) sale offers notifications the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would receive the notices from tenants.
The reports show that renters in the District of Columbia can buy their homes under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), allowing renters to acquire their dwellings if the proprietor wants to sell the property. Under this rule, tenants may also transfer their option to purchase to another party.
The agency said that Dawne Dorsey, the program expert, pleaded guilty to bribery. Dorsey will be sentenced in November.
Bailey and Paitsel were guilty of a single charge of bribery and a count of conspiracy related to the second phase of the plan. The office claims that Bailey bribed Paitsel to learn who among his renters had TOPA rights. Paitsel could provide the material because he was privy to an FBI database.
Paitsel received a sentence of 2 years in jail for each offense to run consecutively, two years of supervised probation, a $100 assessment, and a $10,600 forfeited money judgment. He is a citizen of North Carolina.
Bailey, from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was given a two-year jail term on each count to run consecutively, two years of supervised release, a $100 assessment, and a fine of $250,000.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly handed down sentences for both offenders.
On October 7, 2022, a jury found both defendants guilty of bribery and conspiracy.
In an associated case, a Washington, DC resident named Frederick Silvers pled guilty to bribery and was given a five-month prison term for bribes made to Dorsey.
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