Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Troy Aikman buys Highland Park property from developer at center of Dallas City Hall corruption scandal

Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman last month purchased a multi-million-dollar Highland Park property from Brian Potashnik, a commercial developer at the center of a sweeping Dallas City Hall corruption scandal.

Aikman, who owns a home at 4425 Highland Drive, purchased 4419 Highland Drive from Potashnik on January 7, according to Dallas County deed records.

The records indicate Aikman took out a $5 million mortgage to purchase the next-door property.

The 42,000 sq. ft. lot at 4419 Highland Drive is appraised at $7.319 million, including a 7,411 sq. ft. house with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Dallas Central Appraisal District records.

Residential real estate sale prices are not public record in Texas.

Potashnik is charged with 12 bribery and two conspiracy counts as part of a Dallas City Hall public corruption indictment involving former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, a former city plan commissioner and state. Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, among others.

Dallas City Council member James Fantroy, who died in October, already served jail time after being convicted of stealing money from a local college.

Potashnik has maintained his innocence. He has yet to face trial.

Neither Aikman nor Potashnik could be reached for comment. Potashnik's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, also could not be reached for comment.

The law office of Don W. Ledbetter, which is listed as having prepared the documents, declined to comment.
Dallas Morning News, by Dave Levinthal