Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

Politically Connected Chinatown Restaurateur, Son Admit to Poorly Planned Scheme

Since opening his first Chinatown restaurant in 1986, Tony Cheng has proved himself a savvy navigator of the District's political waters. Cheng's prominence saw him involved in attempts to end a protest over a Ward 8 carryout; and he tried to find an post-mayoralty job for Marion Barry in the 1990s. So how, in the fall of 2010, [...]

Here’s the Letter the FBI Sent to People Caught on the Michael Brown Wiretap

The FBI bribery sting of Michael Brown revealed that the former at-large councilmember was an active and not particularly cautious phone user who would demand his "piece of the piece" in calls and text messages to federal agents. This week, people who interacted with Brown on his phone during the wiretap are hearing that they, too, [...]

Thomas Gore Gets Six Months in Prison

Former Vince Gray campaign aide Thomas Gore was sentenced to six months in prison this morning for his role funneling money to fringe mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, and then covering the scheme up.
Gore, who helped arrange payments to Brown and destroyed a notebook recording the transactions, will serve three years of probation when he gets [...]

Read: Michael Brown Charged With Bribery

The bribery charge former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown told his supporters about last night was filed in federal court this morning, and you can read the charging documents below.
Brown's charged with bribery for accepting $55,000 from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen looking for Certified Business Enterprise certification. The information also seeks $35,000 in forfeited [...]

Michael Brown Tells Supporters He’ll Plead Guilty to Bribery

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown told supporters tonight that he plans to plead guilty after being caught in a bribery sting.
The Washington Post was the first to report the conference call, after WUSA-TV's Bruce Johnson broke the news of the bribery charge.
The investigation by the FBI began a year and a half ago, according to [...]

Feds Asking Questions About VO’s Campaign

Federal authorities this week questioned a former campaign worker for At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange's 2011 campaign about the campaign's ties to Vernon Hawkins and Jeanne Clarke Harris—two central figures in the ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign.
The former aide says the FBI was interested in what roles Hawkins and Harris, who pleaded [...]

Nothing Left to Say

Mayor Vince Gray usually doesn’t have a hard time coming up with words. His speeches can last hours. His news conferences sometimes seem to drag on forever. But lately, the mayor’s gone silent just when he needs to be talking the most.
Last week, after two top aides from his 2010 mayoral campaign admitted in federal [...]

Howard Brooks Pleads Guilty

Gray campaign aide mystery man Howard Brooks is a mystery no more: Brooks appeared in federal court today to plead guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI.
But that's not all he did. Brooks admitted today in court that he was the bagman for the Gray campaign after it decided in the summer [...]

Vince Gray Has Nothing To Say About Sulaimon Payments

Reporters finally got to question Mayor Vince Gray today about the news that his mayoral campaign paid off Sulaimon Brown. Gray just got back from a retail conference in Las Vegas trying to lure some Wegmans stores to D.C.
After a brief news conference touting the District's efforts to help small businesses in Adams Morgan (59 new [...]

Proteus Spann, the Mystery Man

For a movie producer in Hollywood, Proteus Spann certainly appears to care a lot about D.C. politics.
Since 2006, Spann has given $27,000 to local political campaigns as an individual and through his two production companies, Proteus E2 Productions and Pro2Play.
Why those donations matter: Spann’s giving pattern aligns almost perfectly with donations from Jeff Thompson, the [...]