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.

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