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39 Indicted In Bribery Probe Of DC Taxi Industry

Thirty-nine people connected with the Washington, D.C., taxicab industry have been indicted on bribery charges.

An indictment unsealed Friday charges three men with paying bribes totaling $220,0000 to the chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission to get licenses for multi-vehicle cab companies.

One of the three and 36 other people were charged in a separate indictment with paying bribes totaling $110,000 to get individual cab licenses.

Federal authorities say the indictments came after a two-year investigation.

Last week, Ted G. Loza, the chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, pleaded not guilty to charges that he promoted taxicab legislation in exchange for cash.

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