Criminal JusticeLocal NewsFeds Again Charge Ex-Mayor of Richardson With Corruption, Including New Tax Fraud Counts

The federal government has refiled charges after the trial court invalidated the former mayor’s convictions due to a court security officer’s error.
January 6, 2021
In December, a federal grand jury once again charged Laura Jordan, previously known as Laura Maczka — the former mayor of Richardson whose convictions for bribery, fraud, and conspiracy were thrown out over a bailiff’s error — with 11 felonies that could put her behind bars for decades. Jury selection for her new trial is scheduled for July 6.

In contrast to the first indictment, which was filed in 2018, the new indictment contains four additional charges against Maczka, who is married to her alleged co-conspirator, real estate developer Mark Jordan. The most recent indictment contains four counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of materially false tax returns.

Maczka faces up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, up to 20 years in prison for each of two counts honest services wire fraud, up to five years in prison for each of two other counts of conspiracy, up to 10 years in prison for each of two counts of bribery concerning a program receiving federal funds, and up to three years in prison for each of the four tax fraud charges, according to court documents.

Among a litany of other accusations in the 37-page indictment, prosecutors say when tensions erupted over a proposed real estate development, Maczka sent multiple communications to Jordan exhibiting a corrupt relationship.

One of those communications was an email to Jordan after Maczka went to bat for the zoning rules that would allow the apartment complexes he wanted to build.

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“FTR [for the record], good thing I had such a fun afternoon yesterday. Because last night the prairie creek mob hit me hard! You were probably enjoying barbecue and chillaxing,” Maczka allegedly wrote. “I was taking bullets for you!”

Prosecutors say Maczka accepted gifts of sex, tens of thousands of dollars, home renovations, flight upgrades, and trips to the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California, among other fancy resorts elsewhere in California and the U.S.

The charging documents contain allegations that in exchange for this posh treatment, Maczka gave favorable votes to Jordan’s proposed real estate projects, including a $47 million reimbursement from the City of Richardson as well as a 50 percent tax rebate for 25 years.

These votes were in spite of Maczka’s promises to voters on the campaign trail and overwhelming community opposition, including one meeting in which 651 people indicated opposition to the zoning change for Jordan’s development while only one person spoke in favor, prosecutors say.

A federal jury convicted Maczka and Jordan last year, but the trial court invalidated the guilty verdicts after it became aware of an improper conversation between a court security officer and a juror that may have influenced the outcome. An appeals court upheld the decision to discard the verdicts.

Maczka was the first elected mayor since Richardson began operating under its current charter in 1956. She won with 71 percent of the vote against her opponent’s 29 percent and occupied the office from May 2013 until she resigned in April 2015. She was indicted three years later.

The Texan has reached out to Maczka’s attorney for comment.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."