Two Collin County men, including the former mayor of the city of Melissa, have been indicted in the Eastern District of Texas in connection with an alleged bribery scheme, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales recently announced in a news release.
David E. Dorman, 66, of Melissa has been charged with extortion, while John Christie, 65, of Frisco has been charged with misprision of a felony. The men were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Sep. 12, according to a news release.
According to the indictment, in 2007, Dorman, then mayor of the city of Melissa, solicited a $70,000 bribe from Christie in exchange for arranging for the city of Melissa to annex a portion of land from the City of McKinney in order for Christie to develop and sell the land to potential customers, according to the news release.
Based on a letter from Dorman, the cities of Melissa and McKinney approved the annexation and in exchange, Christie made one $10,000 cash payment and two $10,000 payments by check to Dorman, the news release said.
If convicted, Dorman faces up to 20 years in federal prison, according to the news release. Christie faces up to three years in federal prison for his role.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.