Prominent DC Chinatown Businessman, Son Indicted

6:00 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Its a story that we first broke on my Twitter page. Prominent Chinatown restaurant owner Tony Cheng and his son, Tony Jr., have been indicted for allegedly trying to bribe a DC public official.

Federal prosecutors looking into DC corruption say the Cheng's offered money and 10 percent of their business if a public official would backdate their applications for taxicab companies in order to get around a standing moratorium that prohibited any new taxicab companies in DC.

Sources have identified that government official as Leon Swain, former Chairman of the Taxicab Commission who was working with the FBI.

Sources say some of the meetings and bribes took place inside Tony Cheng's restaurant in Chinatown.

Scores of politicians and journalists have eaten there. On the walls are pictures of Cheng with former Presidents Clinton and Carter, and Ron Brown, former Chairman of the Democratic party.

Tony Cheng nor his son were available at the Chinatown location today. 

"He has several businesses,"said a waiter.  

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