Loose Lips

Michael Brown’s Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces 16 Months in Plea Deal

Michael Brown

Working as the treasurer for Councilmember Michael Brown's re-election 2012 campaign sent Hakim Sutton to Las Vegas, Rehoboth Beach, and even Greece, according to prosecutors. And now, it's about to send him to prison.

In a court hearing today, both the U.S. Attorney's Office and Sutton's own attorney agreed that Sutton has agreed to sign a plea deal. Under the terms of the deal, Sutton will plead guilty to tax evasion and filing false campaign finance reports. The deal asks for between 10 and 16 months in prison, while Sutton would agree to pay back more than $18,000 in back taxes.

According to charges filed against Sutton in February, he used his position in Brown's re-election effort to steal more than $115,000 from the campaign treasury. Sutton allegedly blew the money on trips and spending at stores like Gucci, Ferragamo, and Logan Circle clothing and men's underwear purveyor Universal Gear.

Brown caught Sutton before the election. Still, it was too late to stop Sutton's alleged theft of nearly Brown's entire campaign treasury from dooming the incumbent to lose to challenger David Grosso.

Brown got his revenge for the loss, though: According to Brown's attorney, he helped prosecutors with their case against Sutton.

In the end, Sutton's most significant contribution to the District may be in how his original lawyer, J. Wyndal Gordon, treated Brown. Deciding that the best defense is a good offense, Gordon declared that his client's old boss was of a "morally depraved composition." He turned out to be right.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DCCommish

    Well its about time. Sutton spend that money on boys, drugs and trips instead of doing his job. It took a toll on CM Brown too! But As of J. Wyndal Gordon..Please LL! Mr. Gordon is one of the worst lawyers in the country! He's a grandstander with little knowlegde or skill, frankly I think he's a bigger low life than Sutton and Brown put together and multplied by 100% Here's to you J Wyndal Gordon. Suck IT!

  • Will

    Soon, all corrupt campaign officials and electeds will be spending their ill-gotten gains at the luxury stores of City Center DC, which will of course be a huge win for the city's tax roles.

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