What’s next after KPRC 2 Investigates reveals ‘Porsche Partnership’ in Houston mayor’s office?
KPRC 2 Investigates exposed a “Porsche Partnership” between federally convicted former City of Houston City Council Relations Director William-Paul Thomas and local businessman Jason Yoo. Vehicle history records show that in April 2018, Yoo and Thomas purchased a 2015 convertible Porsche.
Public corruption conviction without public accountability? Former council director sees 5th delay in federal sentencing
Federally convicted in 2022, but still out on the streets and far from a federal cell in 2023. This is exactly the case for the former Director of City Council Relations for the City of Houston, William-Paul Thomas.
Another sentencing delay for former Houston Director of Council Relations William-Paul Thomas
The third time proved not to be the charm for former Director of City Council Relations for the City of Houston William-Paul Thomas. Federal legal records obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates show the federal sentencing date for Thomas has been pushed back from next week to June.
Investigates: Emails show city council relations director, William Paul Thomas, had close communication with private businessman
City of Houston leaders are calling for an outside investigation into the actions of a now former city director, William Paul Thomas, after KPRC 2 Investigates uncovered emails showing negotiations in favor of a private businessman.
Emails show a top city of Houston director had history of working outside of City Hall in favor of airport businessman
The liaison officer between Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office and City Council, who pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving cash bribes from a bar owner, appears to have previously worked to help other private businesses on deals against the best interest of the City of Houston, according to emails obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates.
Man who made $500K offer to mayor’s team for private land deal was later honored by Turner
HOUSTON – Nearly two years after members of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s inner circle received an email offering $500,000 contingent on the mayor helping close a private land deal, Turner gave the man behind that email a proclamation. Turner claims he first became aware of the email offer this week. “This is forever your day in the city of Houston,” Turner said last summer during Jason Yoo’s 70th birthday. At the birthday celebration, Turner called on Andy Icken and William Paul Thomas to honor Yoo as well. The Mayor’s office claims the offer was never entertained and no one acted on it.
Investigation: Mayor’s office received $500K offer asking mayor to help close private land deal
HOUSTON – A thread of emails dating back to 2017 between Mayor Sylvester Turner’s inner circle and local businessman Jason Yoo, is raising questions about bribery. In the email, Yoo asked for City Hall and Turner to help him land and close a private real estate deal involving BP headquarters on the city’s Westside for $348 million. They put this in an email,” Wynne said. In fact, after Thomas wrote that the Mayor would meet with Yoo, Thomas sent the thread of internal city emails to Yoo, writing, "I’m on this! (KPRC)Ultimately, in a separate email, Turner informed his assistant that he would not meet with Yoo after all.