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Apartment Deal Could Land Former Richardson Mayor In Federal Prison


A former mayor of Richardson, Texas, and her developer husband could spend 20 years in federal prison over an apartment deal in 2013 and 2014.

Laura Jordan, who served as mayor of Richardson from May 2013 through April 2015 under her maiden name, Laura Maczka, and her now-husband, Mark Jordan, were indicted by a grand jury under seven counts of federal conspiracy violations, the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Texas announced Wednesday.

They are accused of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery involving programs receiving federal funds. The FBI is investigating.

It began with Jordan, not yet married to Macza, facing neighborhood opposition to 1,000 apartment units he intended to build in the Palisades Village mixed-use project along Central Expressway.

The former mayor had opposed building apartments in her campaign, the Dallas Business Journal reports, but agreed to support Jordan's project in return for $18K in cash and $40K by check, $24K in payments to renovate her house, luxury hotel stays, flight upgrades, meals, "lucrative employment" with one of his companies and "intimate sexual contact."