DALLAS (1080 KRLD) – The government’s star witness took the stand in the bribery trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price on Wednesday.
Christian Campbell, a consultant for several multi-million dollar Dallas County contracts, was indicted along with Price but took a plea deal in 2015. Campbell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in exchange for no more than 5-years in federal prison.
On Wednesday, Campbell told the court that he paid money to Price’s co-defendant Kathy Nealy with the intent that Nealy would then pass the money along to Price. Nealy in return would give Campbell inside information. Campbell says that info helped land a $40 million dollar contract between Dallas County and the firm Schlumberger.
Campbell, a former employee of the Schlumberger, testified it became clear, early, there was a connection between paying Nealy and a favorable vote from Price.
Price is accused of taking bribes to shepherd contracts through the Dallas County Commissioner’s court. Nealy will face trial at a later date.
Campbell was required to testify in the trial for the lighter sentence.