Posts Tagged ‘Fred Cooke Jr.’

How Valuable is Marion C. Barry’s Name?

What's in a (politically powerful) name?

More Lottery-Related CBE Hijinx

The District government apparently cannot award D.C. Lottery-related contracts without some major drama involving the much-maligned Certified Business Enterprise program.
When the city awarded the lucrative lotto contract in December 2009, the inspector general later found that the Department of Small and Local Business Development, which is tasked with administering the CBE program, erred in two [...]

Medical Bills

It’s the end of an era: The lucrative forays by a handful of politically connected lobbyists and businessmen into providing healthcare for the District’s poor and most vulnerable are coming to a close.
On Monday, city officials announced that they were close to selling Chartered Health Plan, a Medicaid managed care organization that serves 110,000 low-income [...]

Kwame Brown In Custody, Sentenced to 6 Months House Arrest

Let's hope former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown has a nice TV, as he's about to have plenty of down time.
Brown, who resigned from the council this summer and pleaded guilty to lying on a loan application in order to buy a boat, was sentenced this morning to spend the rest of the [...]

Feds: Boxing Instructor Used Stolen City Funds On Lincoln Navigator

Oh look, another alleged misuse of city funds involving a Lincoln Navigator.
Today the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a grand jury indictment against Keely Thompson Jr. and his wife Biance Thompson. The move comes almost two years after the feds first filed a criminal complaint against Thompson for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 in city funds [...]

Kwame Brown Gets a Curfew

If disgraced former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has any late night plans between now and his Nov. 13 sentencing for bank fraud, he'd better cancel them. After missing three pretrial phone check-ins, Brown was put on a curfew by Judge Richard Leon at a hearing this morning.
"This isn't the way you position yourself most [...]

Native Fed

Let no one accuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. of slacking. In the last seven months, the feds have turned District politics into one of the most entertaining real-life soap operas around.
There’s Harry Thomas Jr., who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 to buy an Audi and a motorcycle. [...]

Lobbyist David Wilmot Selling Group Homes

David Wilmot, one of the District's best-connected lobbyists, is getting out of the group home business that has caused him so much bad press.
Wilmot said today at a council hearing that he's "winding down" Individual Development Inc., the non-profit, publicly funded organization that runs several group homes for the District's developmentally disabled. "We're going out [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Subpoenaed Over Missed Payment

Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is due in court later this month to answer questions about the $30,000 overdue payment he owes the city. (H/T to WAMU's Patrick Madden for breaking this story.)
Thomas agreed last summer to reimburse the District $300,000. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing [...]

Fred Cooke Jr. Makes it Three for Three

One small detail in the current federal investigation into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign that's escaped much notice is the fact that attorney Fred Cooke Jr. is now three for three in recent federal probes involving city officials.
Cooke was there almost from the start when former Attorney General Peter Nickles started looking into disgraced [...]