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Keely Thompson Says He Gave $50,000 in Bribes to D.C. Councilmember

Former boxing gym operator Keely Thompson implicated an unnamed male member of the D.C. Council in a $50,000 bribery scheme today in federal court.

Thompson, who's being sentenced today for stealing $200,000 in grant money meant to fund boxing activities for at-risk youth, says the councilmember gave him the idea to start the gym in 2004. In exchange for the councilmember's help steering grant money to the gym, Thompson's lawyer Troy Poole says Thompson gave the official $50,000 in cash bribes. The councilmember's chief of staff, also unnamed, was also mentioned. Thompson didn't say whether the councilmember was still in office.

It's not clear whether prosecutors could make a case against the councilmember, whoever he is. Thompson says he showed the FBI where he made the cash payments, but his attorney says the payments themselves could never be corroborated. Thompson also did not wear a wire in the investigation, though he says he offered to do so. The government has declined to offer Thompson a break on his sentence for "substantial assistance," saying Thompson did not help them enough.

Boxing photo by Shutterstock

  • drez

    The gym was in Ward 1, right?

  • Let me guess

    Hmmmmm? Councilmember? Chief of Staff? Cash payments? 2004? Bowtie wearing? Short? Nasty? Relapsing? Rice lovin?

    Wow, this must be a stumper for Will Sommer. 2004 is a long time ago, a lot has happened since then, stuff like High school and some college.

    Wait, I almost have it! Rim, Tim, Tim, no not quite? Slam, jam, ham, pram, sounds like a cracker...ooh, it will come to me, let's move on

    Ed, Ned, Jed, Red, Fred..this is harder...

    Come on Will, let us have it, Chuck won't mind, he's probably made a deal with the Feds already. I guess this will have to be at least an investigation of an investigation of an investigation before the name is emblazoned in a headline.

  • Let me guess

    Could the prosecutors at least try?

  • Ward One Resident

    There are going to be a lot of disappointed people if the CM and COS in question are Harry Thomas Jr. and his COS.

  • drez

    Or Michael Brown.

  • twoOhtwo

    I'd not be surprised if it was Graham, but with the current council, it could be any one of them.

    I did find this from LL column, dated 2/29/2012:

    "That would be the instance of Keely Thompson, who ran boxing gyms for at-risk youth before the FBI arrested him on a charge that he’d stolen more than $500,000 in public funds since 2004 and used that money to gamble in Atlantic City and take Caribbean cruises. [b]Like the Thomas fiasco, Thompson’s story involves allegations that someone stole money designed to help kids, warning signs that may have been ignored, a lax nonprofit grantmaker, and an influential councilmember. That councilmember? The very one who held the hearing this week, Ward 1’s Graham."[/b]

  • justsayin

    Hopefully it is proven to be Mr. Graham. He acts like his $hit doesn't stink but you can smell him before you see him coming.

  • Timmy

    No wonder the Feds thought they could bribe Graham. I'm continually embarrassed that this guy is my councilmember.

  • Ward4forever

    It's Michael Brown. He's into boxing - and bribery.

  • ssmith

    This man's whole family are no more than a band of thugs. Just do a little research. Mr Thompson's nephew was found guilty just a few weeks ago for the murder of the Alexandria activist Lenny Harris. Mr Thompson was not only best friends with but employed Rodney McIntyre (found guilty of rapping and murdering his daughter). Dig a little deeper into Mr. Thompson's family (Lewis is family name) and you will be surprised. This crime is just a walk in the park for this clan.

  • Corky

    Sounds like another Sulaimon Brown--If I'm going down, I'm naming names and taking everyone else with me!

  • John

    It's very annoying knowing who Keely Thompson accused from WCP reporting, now revoked as "unprovable accusation" but not being able to post it due to the same. So purveyors of FUD can get away with it.

    I assume stating that no, it was not Michael Brown nor HTJr is allowable.

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