Exec Convicted of Lying to FBI in Dallas County Commissioner Investigation

A former executive at BearingPoint has been convicted by a federal jury on two counts of making false statements to law enforcement by lying to FBI investigators looking into the political corruption allegations against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and others.

Helena Tantillo, 59, of Austin, was managing director at BearingPoint when the company received a contract in 2005 to digitize Dallas County records. She is accused of lying about the nature of a temporary pay increase for Christine Campbell, a BearingPoint employee. Tantillo purportedly told the FBI that Campbell’s $10,000 pay increase was used to make a donation to the favorite charity of another Dallas County commissioner, not Price. However, authorities said that some of the extra money went to Price’s political consultant, Kathy Nealy, who then paid Price.

Nealy and Campbell are both facing charges stemming from Price’s bribery and tax evasion case. Price’s assistant, Dapheny Fain, is also charged in the case.

Tantillo was also convicted of lying to the FBI when she claimed that following an earlier FBI interview, she called her former supervisor, who she said reminded her that the payments to Campbell were for the charitable donation to the unnamed Dallas County commissioner. The FBI said according to phone records and other evidence, that conversation never took place.

Tantillo faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine for each count. Sentencing is scheduled for April 22, 2016.

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