FBI photo allegedly showing City Councilor Chuck Turner taking a $1,000 bribe.
According to the affidavit, which is almost as much about Dianne Wilkerson as Chuck Turner (and is written by the same FBI agent handling her case), Turner initially did very little to help Wilkerson and "the CW" - a.k.a. businessman turned FBI informant Ron Wilburn - get a liquor license for Wilburn's proposed Dejavu club in the Crosstown center. But after some conversations with Wilkerson, the affidavit states, Turner began working actively to get a license for the club. And then Wilburn visited Turner in Turner's office on Aug. 3, 2007 for a chat - that the FBI recorded:
The CW said to Turner that he had told Wilkerson that he intended to stop by and show his gratitude to Turner. The CW also told Turner that he intended to show his gratitude again after the planned city council hearing. The CW then handed Turner $1,000 in cash and said, "you take the wife to dinner and ... have some fun." Turner accepted the money, while smiling and nodding his head, and responded, "okay." The CW also said, "I just want you to know that ... you take care of me, I take care of you.
The affidavit said the case consisted of five $100 bills and ten $50 bills, all marked.
On Sept. 12, 2007, the affidavit states, CW visited Turner at his City Hall office:
Just prior to his meeting with Turner, one of Turner's assistants asked the CW his name. The assistant then said: "I'm gonna ask you one question ... Is it money?" When the CW falsely responded "no," the assistant explained that money could not be provided in City Hall.
The assistant then took the CW to the lobby outside the City Council chambers. When Turner came out, the CW couldn't give Turner cash because the aide was standing right there, so instead Turner asked the aide to take down the CW's number so they could have lunch.
Nothing further came of that, but on Oct. 28 - the day Wilkerson was arrested - FBI agents showed up at Turner's office to interview him about his role in the Dejavu license affair:
When asked by agents, Turner repeatedly denied ever being offered money by the CW and denied accepting any money from the CW. Near the end of the interview, Turner reiterated, "no one offered me any money." Turner said that while he never accepted any money from the CW, he noted the pervasiveness of corruption among politicians. "If you took out all corrupt politicians, you'd take out 90% and be left with us 10%."