Ted Loza sentenced to eight months for accepting money from lobbyist

(AP, WJLA) - A man who served as chief of staff to a District of Columbia Council member will spend eight months in prison for accepting money from a taxicab industry representative seeking favorable legislation.

Ted Loza, the former chief of staff to Council member Jim Graham, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Washington.

Loza, 46, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of accepting illegal gratuities. He acknowledged accepting a total of $1,500 in cash from a taxicab industry representative for his help getting legislation passed and not reporting the money on a financial disclosure statement.

He is among 27 people who have pleaded guilty during the investigation into corruption in the taxicab lobby.

Loza's lawyers asked that he get probation with a period of home confinement. Prosecutors asked he be sentenced to 14 months in prison.

He served as Graham's chief of staff from 2007 through November 2009.