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Anthony C. Y. Cheng, Anthony R. Cheng indicted on bribery charges

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A man who owns a popular restaurant in D.C.'s Chinatown and his son were indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery-related charges.

Anthony C. Y. Cheng, 65, and his son, Anthony R. Cheng, Jr. were indicted in the federal court in D.C. on one count each of conspiracy to commit bribery and payment of a bribe to a public official. The pair allegedly conspired to obtain illegal licenses from November 2010 through June 2011.

The elder Cheng owns Tony Cheng's Mongolian Restaurant.

In an effort to avoid a ban on new business licenses for taxicab companies, the Chengs allegedly used documents falsely portraying their soon-to-be set up cab company as dating back to 2009.

Officials say they approached two public officials as part of their alleged conspiracy: The chairman of the D.C. Taxicab commission and an undercover FBI agent, whom they thought was be an official with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

After agreeing to pay one official 10 percent of the profits from their new business and paying him $1,500 to obtain the licenses and accept backdated paperwork, the pair paid the second official $250 for backdated certificates of occupancy for two multi-vehicle taxicab companies, authorities say..

"Today's indictment charges Tony Cheng and his son with paying cash bribes to two different government officials," said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. "We cannot tolerate the culture of pay-to-play in the District of Columbia. This prosecution demonstrates our commitment to holding accountable the businessmen who entice public officials to violate the public trust."

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