former FBI special agent and DC real estate developer convicted of bribery | USAO-DC
WASHINGTON — A former FBI agent and real estate developer was found guilty today by a jury of federal bribery and conspiracy charges.
The former agent, David Paitsel, 41, and Brian Bailey, 52, a real estate developer formerly based in Washington, D.C., were found guilty following a trial in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia .
The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves, Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Daniel W. Lucas, Inspector General for the District of Columbia.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Bailey, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was convicted of two counts of bribery and two counts of conspiracy. First, he was convicted of paying thousands of dollars in bribes to a District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) program specialist in exchange for a confidential offer to sell and unredacted from the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). Remarks.
TOPA offers tenants living in the District of Columbia the right to purchase their residence if the landlord decides to sell the property. Within the framework of TOPA, tenants can retrocede their right to purchase to a third party. TOPA requires the landlord (seller) to provide the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development with notices of offer to sell prior to the proposed real estate transaction. The notices of offer to sell contain, among other things, information not made public such as the names of the tenants residing in the building.
In a second part of the scheme, Paitsel and Bailey were both found guilty of one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy. Specifically, Bailey bribed Paitsel to seek contact information for tenants holding TOPA rights, which he did using a database he had access to as an FBI agent.
District of Columbia government employee Dawne Dorsey, 40, pleaded guilty in June 2019 to a federal bribery charge for conduct related to Bailey.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Office of the Inspector General for the District of Columbia.
The trial of the case was continued by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Aloi and John Borchert, with the assistance of paralegal specialists Lisa Abbe and Quiana Dunn-Gordon from the Fraud, Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of District of Columbia. .