Navigatorgate: The Final Chapter
Yesterday, the D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement denied a contract appeal from the leasing company that provided former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown a Lincoln Navigator that had a gray interior and was not fully loaded with the extra accoutrements that the newly elected chairman expected. Brown, of course, famously rejected that Navigator in favor of a fancier one, and the rest is history.
Standard Leasing of Hyattsville, Md., was actually improperly prepaid $17,600 for the rejected Navigator. After Navigatorgate blew up and the city canceled the leases, the District tried to reclaim most of that money while Standard contested the canceled lease contract. In a letter to Standard yesterday, OCP said the company had failed to submit a settlement proposal, so the city is closing out the case. A city official tells LL that Standard did not repay the money it was improperly prepaid. A representative from the company said she did not know if the company repaid any of the city's money and that her supervisor was on vacation.
Before he resigned from office and pleaded guilty to bank fraud, Brown promised to repay the city for his use of the Navigator that he actually drove, which had a monthly price tag of nearly $2,000 a month. Brown did not repay the city. Now that everything appears settled, the final cost by LL's count for the two Navigators comes to $33,613.51, and that's not counting the sizable amount of labor that went into ordering the SUVs, holding hearings on the SUVs, and ultimately returning the SUVs.
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