Former Melissa mayor David Dorman was sentenced to federal prison on Friday for his part in a bribery scheme involving land annexed from McKinney to Melissa. Standing before Judge Marcia Crone in the Federal Building in Sherman, Dorman was sentenced to 33 months in prison and was ordered to submit to forfeiture of $30,000 among other stipulations. He was issued three years of supervised release following his prison term.
Dorman had pled guilty to mail fraud on Jan. 7.
Also sentenced in connection with the bribery scheme was developer John Christie, of Frisco. Christie received six months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release and the immediate forfeiture of his realtor and broker license.
Christie had pled guilty to misprision of a felony on Jan. 4.
The case against Dorman and Christie centered around a fraudulent land deal instigated by Dorman beginning in late 2006 and going through 2007. According to information presented in the January court proceedings, Dorman, while serving as mayor of Melissa, solicited a $70,000 bribe from land developer Christie in exchange for the City of Melissa to annex a portion of land from the City of McKinney in order for Christie to develop and sell the land to potential customers. Based on a letter from Dorman, the cities of Melissa and McKinney approved the annexation and, in exchange, Christie made one $10,000 cash payment and two $10,000 payments by check to Dorman.
Look for the July 4th edition of The Anna-Melissa Tribune for the full courtroom report.