Loose Lips

HTJ’s Debt to the City Now At $230,000 (Updated)

Harry Thomas Jr. Owes D.C. $230,000

Apparently stealing city money is easier than paying it back.

Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is still $30,000 short on the $50,000 payment he was supposed to cough up last December. The city's Office of the Attorney General put out a news release this afternoon saying it had "secured" the $20,000 yesterday. Thomas agreed to pay the city $300,000 back last summer to settle a civil lawsuit, a debt that quickly became the least of his problems when the feds popped him with criminal charges at the beginning of this year. Thomas, who pleaded guilty, is due in court for sentencing in May.

So far, the city's received $70,000 on the settlement. LL writes that last sentence in passive voice for a reason, since we don't know whose money is actually covering Thomas' debts. Last year, LL reported that the first $50,000 payment came in the form of a payment from Thomas' lawyer, not the crook himself. Likewise, LL's asked whose name was on the actual check/money order of this latest payment and will update when he hears back.

The AG avers in this news release that the city is no pushover and will be continuing to try to get what the District is lawfully owed, noting that there's 4 percent interest per year on late payments.

After the jump, the AG's full statement:

Pursuant to its civil settlement with former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. , the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on March 21, 2012 secured an additional payment of $20,000.  This payment is in partial satisfaction of the $50,000 payment that was due from Mr. Thomas December 31, 2011, bringing to $70,000 the total amount paid by Mr. Thomas to date under the settlement.  The settlement agreement requires Mr. Thomas to pay a total of $300,000 in six $50,000 installments ending in December 2013.  The OAG will continue to pursue the District of Columbia’s rights as a judgment creditor in connection with the funds that Mr. Thomas owes the District government under the agreement, including 4 percent interest per year on late payments.  These efforts will include seeking the proceeds of the forfeiture of Mr. Thomas’ vehicles previously seized by the federal government.


UPDATE (3/26/10): Ted Gest, a spokesman for the OAG writes that the most recent check came from Thomas' attorney, Fred Cooke Jr., from Capital Bank in Rockville. "We cannot determine who signed the check or the source of the funds but we are determined to find out and are pursuing the matter," Gest writes. A call to Cooke was not immediately returned.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    As soon as he gets home from his stretch he'll make a run for Ward 5 CM. Bet.

  • rip off the rich

    CCRP - you are shooting low.. he"ll run for Mayor and win.. easily. but that time, Orange and K. Brown(no pun intended) will have started their sentences.

    How come no one points the finger at evans for the dela he cut to give jelleff boys and girls club to the kids school, maret?

  • Lone Ranger


  • Typical DC BS

    At least HTJ is paying something back in decent size chunks.
    Let's find out where Mr. Barry is on paying his back taxes, both federal and DC. I doubt he's made as much progress at HTJ!

  • Dog-House Worthy

    Where in the world would he get the $20K from? Sticking-up Metro Card Machines? Tax refund check won't be coming this year!

  • StrangeFruit

    @ rip off the rich,

    Please elaborate; I never heard of it.

  • dcdon

    I find it interesting that after DCRA revoked the charter of Peaceoholics in September of 2010 and in 2011 Ron Moten and crew received over $220,000 in contracts according to the city audit, which stated they should not have been doing business with the Dist. Gov't. Now that is "FRAUD" pure and simple and all Moten get is praise and an endorsement from the WASH Post to run for Ward 7 city council and Peaceoholics no longer exists and dilinquent with federal tax filings.

  • Truth hurts

    So, no word yet on who paid the 20k on behalf of dirty harry?

  • Ward5Dude

    Let us not forget our good friend Millie at the CYITC.....she may be fronting the money again

  • John

    and now people are very excited about Mr Hunter who has had some legal troubles too. Mr Hunter is not an Honest one. Consider your vote. make ward 5 a better place.....

  • NE John

    My neighbors will elect Reverend Hunter. Prepare to pay Ward 5, and pay dearly, for your rancid stupidity.

  • InIt2WinIt

    As long as the city is paid back what the hell do you care, Dog Lips?

  • Dog-House Worthy

    No soup for you at the Shawshank INIT2

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