Posts Tagged ‘Harry Thomas Jr.’

Harry Thomas Jr. Aide: I’m Not HTJ!

LL's heard of terrible bosses, but this is ridiculous. Former Harry Thomas Jr. staffer Neil Rodgers not only lost his D.C. Council job for his alleged involvement in the disgraced ex-councilmember's grant-steering schemes, but now he claims the feds are trying to prosecute him in place of his old boss.
Rodgers, the only person in the sprawling Thomas investigation who fought the charges, faces [...]

Report: Defense Lawyers Swap Places in Attorney General Race

Even after earning its spot on the ballot, the District's first attorney general race is having trouble hanging on to candidates. Attorney general candidate Mark Tuohey tells Washingtonian that he's ditching the race in favor of Karl Racine, another high-profile defense attorney.
Tuohey's exit would certainly explain why he wasn't at last week's Palisades Parade, usually a popular stop for citywide candidates. Neither Racine [...]

Michael Brown Apologizes, Sentenced to 39 Months

Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown—the son of former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and a man who once aspired to be mayor—will serve 39 months in prison on a bribery charge, a federal judge ruled today.
Brown, in court almost a year after he first pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from undercover federal agents in exchange for help getting them District contracts, apologized [...]

Investigations Into Gray, D.C. Council Loom Over Chinatown Restaurateur’s Trial

In other towns, connections to city hall movers and shakers might speak to good citizenship. The District isn't that kind of place.
Attorneys for frequent District political donor and Chinatown restaurateur Tony Cheng and his son, who have been charged with bribery, want to find out whether knowledge of an acquaintance between their clients and local politicians would prejudice [...]

Morning Links

Jack Evans gets a Post profile, acknowledges he hasn't found an issue to excite voters. [Post]
Middle school problems loom in school reform. [Post]
After Harry Thomas Jr. scandal, Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. can't account for some grants. [Times]
It's mayoral debates all week. [Post]
Shadow Senator Paul Strauss is hoping for a D.C. statehood-themed movie. [Fox 5]
Priest at Washington Hospital Center accused [...]

Morning Links

Muriel Bowser beats Vince Gray in Ward 8 straw poll. [LL, WAMU, Post]
Who will break out of the pack to challenge Gray? [Post]
Harry Thomas Jr. aide charged in inaugural ball scheme. [LL, Post]
Colby King: attacking the press won't solve Gray's problems. [Post]
Mayoral! Power! Rankings! [LL]
Opinion of D.C. development divided by race. [Post]

Harry Thomas Jr. Staffer Indicted in Ball Scheme

Well, that's that. Almost two years after kleptocrat Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. went to prison, his schemes have resulted in one final criminal charge, with former Thomas staffer Neil Rodgers indicted today on counts of theft and fraud.
In 2009, Rodgers allegedly used his position as the director of the D.C. Council's parks committee to steer drug prevention money out [...]

Morning Links

What was Harry Thomas Jr. doing back in D.C.? [Times]
OSSE pays almost $90K to consulting firm for a day of work. [Post]
Cabbies want to meet with Mayor Vince Gray over modernization law. [WAMU]
New documents allege WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward was paid by contractor in charter school scheme. [Post]
Paul Zukerberg, suing over the attorney general election, is now running in it. [...]

Harry Thomas Jr.’s Chief of Staff Charged in Party Funding Scheme

Former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s scheme to fund a 2009 inaugural ball has resulted in federal charges for another person. Ayawna Webster, Thomas' former chief of staff, was charged in a criminal information today with filing incorrect tax returns in an attempt to cover up how her group paid for the bash.
While working as [...]

The Nonprofit Loophole

One of the things that kicked off former Ward 5 Councilmember and current federal prison inmate Harry Thomas Jr.'s troubles was the public disclosure that he was running an unregistered nonprofit organization, set up to do charity work, that collected unregulated and unreported donations from city contractors. Without the fuss of a constituent service account [...]