Austin woman guilty in corruption probe linked to Dallas Commissioner

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin businesswoman has been convicted of lying to federal agents in a public corruption probe linked to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Helena Tantillo was convicted Friday in Austin and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced. The 59-year-old corporate executive was convicted of two counts of making false statements to law enforcement.

Tantillo worked for a firm that in 2005 won a contract to digitize Dallas County records. Prosecutors say Tantillo later lied to the FBI when she claimed a temporary increase in consultant fees was for a charitable donation.

Price was indicted in 2014 on charges that he accepted nearly $1 million in bribes, sometimes via consultants, to provide insider information and vote for certain projects.

Price, who awaits trial, denies the allegations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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