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D.C. restaurant owner, son charged with bribery.

Wednesday - 6/26/2013, 8:16am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The owner of a popular restaurant in Washington's Chinatown and his son have been charged with bribing public officials to obtain taxicab licenses.

Federal prosecutors announced indictments Tuesday against Anthony "Tony" Cheng and his son, Anthony Cheng Jr. The younger Cheng faces two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The elder Cheng faces single counts of bribery and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the Chengs bribed the former head of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission while they were trying to launch a new taxicab company. There was a moratorium on taxicab licenses at the time, and prosecutors say the Chengs backdated documents to falsely show that their companies had been in business since before the moratorium.

The elder Cheng owns Tony Cheng's Mongolian Restaurant.

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