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Feds Charge Kwame Brown’s Brother With Bank Fraud

A criminal information was filed today against Che Brown, the brother of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown.

Che Brown faced one count of bank fraud, for allegedly submitting false documents to GMAC Mortgage indicating that he had “$35,000 of income that he, in fact, never received,” the filing says.

A criminal information almost always indicates that a plea deal has been reached. Brown’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Che Brown’s alleged crime is almost identical to the one that cost Kwame Brown his job on the council. Kwame Brown resigned and pleaded guilty to bank fraud this summer; he submitted false documents inflating his income on loan applications.

But Kwame Brown also pleaded guilty this summer to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge that involved his brother. Kwame Brown admitted that he knew Che Brown would be making payments in excess of $50 cash, a violation of campaign law, to other individuals. No charges have been filed related to Che Brown’s conduct on his brother’s campaigns.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, says he has no comment on any campaign finance-related issues.

As it happens, Che Brown also pleaded guilty in the mid-1990s to bank fraud. That case involved Che Brown illegally obtaining $30,000 in order to purchase a Toyota Celica.

Photo courtesy of @chebrownsales


    Is he an Kwame half brothers? They don't look nothing alike. Just saying.

  • dcgovcorruption

    He looks just like his mother.

  • noodlez


  • ToTheContrary

    All this investigation by the U.S. Attorney and all they could come up with is 1 count of bank fraud for lying on a mortgage application. How many Americans would be charged if they reviewed all mortgage applications?

  • Boardwalk

    Crazy, who would have thought this much controversy would come from politicians east of the river? Perhaps the council should cut the city into 4 wards instead of 8. It would force a lot more people to have a say in who will represent them.

  • ReadingComprehensionIsYourFriend


    "A criminal information almost always indicates that a plea deal has been reached."

    Apparently you missed this critical piece of information.

  • nowaitadaminit

    Sorry #6, but I don't comprehend your comment to 'To the Contrary'.

  • ToTheContrary

    No, Machen is just making a mockery.

  • What goes around Comes around

    Che Brown is a fraud. He has stolen years before this incident. He has this partners of learning business. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could see him. LIVE UNDER YOUR MEANS CHE!