Co-defendants Found Guilty in Indianapolis Bank Bribery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A former Indianapolis city official has been found guilty of accepting bribes and kickbacks stemming from a city program that sells vacant and tax-delinquent properties.

Reggie Walton was convicted Wednesday of eight felony charges, including wire fraud, bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering, after a two-week trial.

Walton is the former assistant administrator of abandoned buildings in Indianapolis. Prosecutors alleged Walton used his city post as supervisor of the Indianapolis Land Bank to enrich himself.

He was tried along with alleged co-conspirator David Johnson, the executive director of the nonprofit Indiana Minority AIDS Coalition.

Johnson was found guilty on five counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Both Walton and Johnson likely face about 10 years in prison.