Bush appointee convicted in scandal

November 02, 2000
A member of the state'slow-income housing board was convicted Thursday of participating in a briberyscheme to defraud the government of valuable tax credits. 
     The verdict against Florita Bell Griffin, a 1995appointee of Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Department of Housing andCommunity Affairs, was read after 14 hours of deliberations over four days. 
     Griffin, businessman Joe Lee Walker and real estateagent Terry Roberts were convicted of bribery, theft, mail fraud and conspiracy.Griffin and Walker also were convicted of money laundering.