Thursday, March 9, 2017 at four a.m.
John Wiley Worth within the workplaces of his lawyer, Billy Ravkind, 5 years in the past.
Regardless of a few bumps within the street, Christian Campbell gave federal prosecutors precisely what they needed. Campbell, who was indicted with Worth in 2014 however copped a plea a yr later, admitted on the stand Wednesday what he’d admitted in federal courtroom in 2015: He’d given money to Kathy Nealy, Worth’s political advisor, with a view to affect the county commissioner’s vote and conduct towards his consulting shoppers. These shoppers, Schlumberger and BearingPoint, sought contracts with Dallas County. Nealy and Worth, Campbell stated Wednesday, made positive that the companies obtained them.
Campbell’s destiny was tied to Nealy and Worth’s in 2002, when he was a marketing consultant for Schlumberger, a French firm that needed to win a $forty million IT contract from Dallas County. Campbell, based on reporters within the courtroom, stated Wednesday that he funneled money to Nealy in change for inside info that his shopper used to submit a bid low sufficient to safe the contract. Three years later, he stated, Nealy helped one other of his shoppers, BearingPoint win a further county IT contract. Helena Tantillo, BearingPoint’s former CEO, has already been discovered responsible of mendacity to FBI brokers investigating Worth, and should testify later within the trial.
Tantillo, Campbell stated throughout her trial, gave Campbell a examine in 2004 for $7,500 figuring out that the cash can be cut up between Nealy and Worth. Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed jurors a examine from Nealy to Worth for $2,500, made out the day after Campbell wrote the examine to Nealy. Tantillo testified that she’d given Campbell the cash in order that he might donate it to the favourite charity of Worth’s fellow county commissioner, Mike Cantrell. The jury believed Campbell and convicted Tantillo, who was given only a six month sentence.
Campbell, the second prosecution witness this week who testified after being given a deal by the feds, stated that he knew it was doubtless that cash he gave Nealy would ultimately make its option to Worth.
“I believed [Nealy] had the power to affect [Price] and get him to do issues on behalf of her shoppers, that she was probably paying him,” Campbell stated. “Due to the issues she stated and the best way she acted and totally different feedback and threats and recommendations.”
The threats, Campbell stated, got here when he did not promptly pay Nealy.
“She would make basic threats. ‘They higher work out the right way to get me paid!’ ‘M-effers don’t perceive!’ ‘I might make issues dangerous for them!’” he recalled Nealy saying.
On cross-examination, certainly one of Worth’s legal professionals, Chris Knox, probed Campbell, who admitted that he’d padded expense stories and by no means truly given Worth a bribe personally. Nonetheless, Campbell maintained, he knew that giving cash to Nealy was nearly as good as giving it to Worth.