Loose Lips

Feds Wants Kwame Brown’s Brother to Do Six Months in Prison

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants Che Brown, brother of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown to spend six months in prison for committing bank fraud, according to a recent court filing.

Che Brown pleaded guilty in December to falsifying his income on bank documents. It was the same felony charge that Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to last summer after resigning from the Council. Kwame Brown got off with only spending a few hours in custody, but the feds says Che Brown ought to do hard time because this is his second conviction on bank fraud.

The feds say Che Brown's crime is compounded by the fact that he was well off financially, driving a BMW and owning a boat called "Summers Off." (Not to be confused with "Bullet Proof," the boat Kwame Brown bought with an ill-gotten bank loan.)

Most interesting is the allegation made by the feds that Che Brown "made a series of unlawful cash campaign expenditures" during Kwame Brown's 2008 at-large re-election campaign. Che Brown was never charged with any campaign-finance-related crimes, but Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to Che operating and converting checks into cash on a campaign "side account," according to court records.

Che Brown's sentencing memo isn't yet posted on the court docket, though he will doubtlessly argue for less than six months in prison. Several letters from Che Brown's supporters asking the judge for leniency in sentencing have been filed. Among those who have vouched for Che Brown's character are former D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, former City Administrator Elijah Rodgers, and Ben's Chili Bowl owner Kamal Ali.

Cropp asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to "not allow Che Brown to become a burden to society and a hardened individual in our penal system."

Che Brown's sentencing is set for March 5.

Photo via @chebrownsales

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    He will make a great bottom in prison. Bubba will love Che.

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  • johnnie

    if kwame didn't go and he was the council member why send che

  • Sisters of Mary, Order of Perpetual Indulgence

    Hmmm, ordinarily I would make some snarky comment about Marshall Brown being the real criminal in the family or how this is nothing compared to what "Taxi Cash" "AIDS Grift" Graham has gotten away with but if Mrs. Cropp vouches for the guy I will keep my pie hole shut.

  • Sisters of Mary, Order of Perpetual Indulgence

    Is "AIDS Grift" in jail yet by the way?

  • Ward-8

    I am still trying to figure this out, lying to the bank to get the money, no default, paid or re-paying the loan I get it, if you are black, it don't make any difference however, if you are a wall street banker and lied to get appropriation and misapporated millions or say a Ghandi who allowed millions to be stolen from the D.C. Goverment, yes I get it, if you don't look like them, you are a criminal and should be put in jai, "God bless America".

  • KeepIt100

    Yet again, the U.S. Attorney is attempting to pass a totally unrelated personal matters off as public corruption. Che Brown, an unelected private citizen, is guilty of doing nothing that many, MANY U.S. citizens are guilty of. I am very disappointed in Machen.

  • Stephon

    Hey Ward 8,
    You're right! Che should go to jail for stealing "small money" He should no better! He should have stolen $10million+ He would get a pass..


  • Really?

    Really? no really? How much was spent on this case? The Justice department needs to just walk away man. This smells real personal between Scott and DOJ.

  • CityRez

    How many people from Wall Street and big banks from the 2008 financial collapse that nearly sent the US into a depression when to prison?

  • NE John

    Even his picture is crooked

  • duh

    hsbc was just caught laundering billions and billions of dollars for terrorists and other nefarious folks. Not a single person is being brought up on charges. A fine and business as usual. What a waste!

  • Typical DC BS

    Sorry, mental midgets complaining about Che's conviction and sentence. He committed a felony and all your whining about "poor Che" and "banksters" demonstrates why DC and it's political system are still stuck in the true Democratic machine model - winking at corruption and then whining when people get caught.

    Che is a REPEAT OFFENDER for criminally lying to get money. When someone commits a crime, they are usually given leniency the first time they are caught (and if you think this is the only crimes this scummy family has been involved in, you're just plain stupid). When you get caught a SECOND time for the same damn thing, you've just declared that you don't care to abide by society's laws and the punishment gets ratcheted up.

  • duh

    since we have limited resources, typical dc, best to go after the big fish. not that he shouldn't be punished, but there are some real criminals that should be behind bars. it's not free to jail someone.

  • drez

    Strike two.

  • truth hurts

    I heard somewhere Che swore under oath that he knowingly and intentionally committed felony bank fraud. Three months jail time for a repeat offender is relatively lenient IMO.