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Housing Finance Boss Put on Administrative Leave, Hires Michael Vick’s Attorney

Free-spending D.C. Housing Finance Authority executive director Harry Sewell might have finally lost access to his agency credit card. Sewell has been placed on administrative leave, according to a spokesman for his agency.

Sewell's leave, first reported earlier today by the Washington Business Journal, comes after LL reported on his cavalier attitude toward his agency credit card. He racked up charges totaling $136,333 between Dec. 2006 and April 2013, including $2,275 for Wizards tickets and $1,310 at a Miami Beach nightclub.

Sewell has hired high-profile Washington defense attorney Billy Martin, who's previously worked for the likes of athletes Allen Iverson and Michael Vick, and "wide stance" ex-Sen. Larry Craig. Neither Sewell nor his attorney responded to requests for comment. DCHFA spokesman Lee Whack declined to comment on whether the agency is paying for Martin's services.

If Sewell's leave ends up becoming permanent, he could still manage to get a little more money from DCHFA. According to his contract with the agency, obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request, Sewell is due more than six months' worth of salary if he's terminated.

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  • Ida Ho

    "Wide stance" WOW! We haven't heard a word about that old sovereign in ages. Doubt she's still workin' the departure lounge circuit. The thrones can get pretty icy in those Idaho roadside rests.

    Did you know that Houston, TX recently elected an OUT GAY WOMAN to her third term as Mayor? Just sayin'!

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  • Typical DC BS

    Is this unpaid or paid leave? Knowing the spendthrift Dumocrats infesting DC, I'm sure this is just a paid vacation for this crook.

  • noodlez

    @TYP-NO POLITICS INVOLVED HERE JUST GREED BY SOME FAKE ASS BAMMA WHO CAME TO WASHINGTON WITH HIS EYES WIDE SHUT!

    ALSO ISN'T DCHFA A FED AGENCY???

  • Wondering

    Will:

    On his possible termination pay, would that 6 months of severance still be the case if he is 'terminated for cause' such as improperly using a credit card or other improper activities?

    Wondering

  • Will Sommer

    @Wondering

    Good question! Contract says he gets the money whether or not he's fired with cause.

  • lawyer

    @Will Sommer- I've seen the contract. Pretty sure there's no payment required if he's fired for "cause".

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