Ex-Texas Mayor, Developer Sentenced To Prison For Corruption

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DALLAS (TUSEN) — A former Dallas mayor and a developer were sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for bribery and tax fraud in a public corruption case that could have formed the plot of a movie.

From May 2013 to April 2015, developer Mark Jordan teased then-mayor of Richardson, Laura Maczka, with money, home renovations, luxury hotel stays, airfare and even a job at one of his companies, while helping him with zoning plans for his apartment projects, according to to public prosecutor. Finally, in 2017, the couple married after Maczka had an affair with Jordan and divorced her husband.

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She is now known as Laura Jordan.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant also fined the Jordans $100,000 each during the hearing in federal court in Sherman, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Dallas, prosecutors said in a press release. The couple, first charged in 2018, had each been jailed for up to 26 years.

Mark Jordan’s attorney Barry Pollack of Washington said he would appeal. A message for Laura Jordan’s lawyer did not come back immediately.

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A jury last year convicted the couple of bribery, tax fraud and conspiracy after a trial in which prosecutors presented witnesses and evidence showing that Laura Jordan repeatedly voted for controversial zoning changes requested by her now-husband, ultimately allowing the construction of more than 1,000 new apartments became possible.

In return, Mark Jordan paid her more than $18,000 in cash, an additional $40,000 by check, and paid for more than $24,000 in renovations to her home, among other things.

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Mazzant said Thursday it was not a love story, but a corrupt bargain.

The pair had been convicted once before, in March 2019. Mazzant ordered a new trial after finding that a court security officer’s conversation with a juror who feared he would be the only reprieve from a verdict could have been detrimental.

Mazzant ordered the couple to come forward on October 24 to serve their jail terms.

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