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The Case Against Harry Thomas Jr.

Harry Thomas Jr.: Read Court Papers

Why, exactly, did former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resign his seat and plead guilty to two felony charges today? Court papers filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office give a hint: The government was prepared to accuse him of false representations of grants, using pass-through organizations, embezzlement, and misdirection of public funds, including the tax return check-off for the Public Fund for Drug Prevention and Children at Risk.

Read the documents here:

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  • LastStop

    I couldn't even read the whole document. This is dispicable. I am sure he knows it and knew it when he was doing it. Not only was HTJ stealing from youth programs, he was utilizing employees of the Council and District of Columbia Government to staff events and then report those staffing costs against the grant funding. Wow, just wow.

    I'm speechless.

  • gottagetit

    Who had oversight of CYIT during all this? None other than Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells.

    Where is the outrage against him for failing to do his job? @IMGOPH? @CCCA PREZ? Love the double standard, suckas.

  • Truth Hurts


  • noodlez


  • Drez

    Who else?
    Bring it or go home.
    By the way, what's with posting this stuff in a format that requires Flash?

  • Cat Like

    I read the whole thing like I was reading a Danielle Steele novel...okay I would not read such novel but is was juicy.

    And now it all makes sense. Why Staff Member #1 is being represented by A. Scott Bolden, the modern day Johnny Cochron.

    Why Staff member #2 was the meanest nastiest and least likely to return a phone call but yet not only served as constituent service director was promoted to COS.

    It all makes sense..now that you get a greater story.

  • Jane

    I've been following this story since the beginning but I never imagined he blatantly asked people for bribes. That's bold.

  • Greg Thrasher

    YAWN...I expected this overkill from media outlets like WCP..Of course Black leadership will be demonized unlike white corrupt candidates the entire black culture will be indicted...The liberal interests which seek to make DC a swirl venue instead of a chocolate one will exploit this saga as well..

    Instead of an entire edition focused on the more life altering reality of disparate suspensions in school districts in the DC region we get the salivating mash up of a corrupt public official..


  • Truth hurts

    Where's the outrage? Is it just puzzling, as the mayor says?

  • michaeliceman

    As a Black man, I am more than outraged at HTJ and this whole situation. Any Black person who is not outraged needs a reality check. We need to stop blaming the media and deflecting to White politicians. We need to hold our Black politicians to the highest reasonable standard. Look at the facts that HTJ admitted to. A Black CM stole money that was targeted to poor or disadvantaged Black kids. He deprived them of potential opportunities so that he could drive around in an Audi truck and buy a motorcycle. That is low! Dude stole from the folks who most needed it – Black youth. People he is supposed to represent and advocate for. Who knows? That money could have helped kids who were struggling and really needed intervention. Top that off, I participated in a couple fundraisers for Jimmy Garvin’s organization myself. So I am doubly pissed!!

    I am sorry…but that is a MUCH bigger deal to me than some White CM taking a bribe from the taxi industry to influence legislation.

  • seDCdude

    Ayy Truth Hurts, you are 1 dumb SOB, the Skip Bayless kind, the guy on the outside who thinks his hip, smart and IN, but NEVER played a sport, ran, caught or dribbled a damn ball but knows it all, GTFOH you proverbial gnat on a dogs balls!!

  • Ward 5

    Does anyone know if this 21 page document is on another site. It is taking a long time to download.