Posts Tagged ‘keely thompson’

The Loosies: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest in D.C. Politics in 2013

The District’s political world felt like it spent most of 2013 in the waiting room: waiting for U.S. Attorney Ron Machen to charge somebody, waiting for Mayor Vince Gray to announce whether he would run again, waiting for the wave of criminal councilmembers to subside (adios, Michael Brown!). 2013 was a two-hour movie trailer, 365 [...]

Keely Thompson Says He Gave $50,000 in Bribes to D.C. Councilmember

Former boxing gym operator Keely Thompson implicated an unnamed male member of the D.C. Council in a $50,000 bribery scheme today in federal court.
Thompson, who's being sentenced today for stealing $200,000 in grant money meant to fund boxing activities for at-risk youth, says the councilmember gave him the idea to start the gym in 2004. [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray wants to meet with Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Harry Reid over the shutdown. [Times, Post]
Gray considers tapping $513 in additional shutdown funds. [Post]
Jack Evans wants in on budget meetings. [NBC 4]
MoCo, PG County, and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson are announcing a $11.50 minimum wage push this morning. [Times]

Politically connected boxing coach Keely Thompson set to be sentenced this morning. [Post]
Post ed [...]

What Did Keely Thompson Allegedly Spend a Mystery $50,000 On?

There wasn't much disgraced boxing coach Keely Thompson wouldn't illicitly spend grant money on, according to the sentencing memorandum filed today in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors describe Thompson, who ran a gym for at-risk youths until he was charged in 2010 with wire fraud, as gambling four or five days a week and frequently losing a thousand dollars [...]

Morning Links

Budget approved with lower sales tax, no amendment from David Catania on schools. [WBJ, Times]
Living wage bill passes first vote, 8-5. [Housing Complex, WBJ, Post]
Report on Human Rights Watch investigation of MPD says nonprofit used incomplete data, made wrong assumptions. [Post]
The Heller ruling, five years later. [WAMU]
Keely Thompson pleads guilty to spending city grant money on [...]

Keely Thompson Spills All, Almost

Former D.C. boxing gym operator Keely Thompson's plea hearing offered a glimpse into another government investigation today—well, almost.
Thompson, who along with his wife is accused of blowing $205,000 of grant money on trips to Atlantic City casinos and other luxuries, was pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge today. Judge Emmet Sullivan brought up [...]

Boxer Accused of Stealing City Funds Has Plea Hearing Tomorrow

Keely Thompson, the former Columbia Heights boxing gym operator accused of blowing $500,000 in city grants meant for at-risk kids on his own lavish lifestyle, has a plea hearing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in federal court, according to a judge's order signed today.
Thompson and his wife Bianca Thompson, who were both indicted last November, allegedly [...]

Graham Headed to Children’s Trust Board

Just about four years ago to the day, former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. helped throw a pricey party at the Wilson Building to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Dubbed the "51st State Inaugural Ball," the fiesta didn't raise enough money selling $51 tickets to cover its costs (which included a performance [...]

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 [...]

Nonprofit Management, D.C. Style

Earlier this week, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham grilled officials from a city-funded nonprofit over how they let disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. steal more than $350,000 that was supposed to help the District’s youth.
“How could this have happened?” Graham asked at an oversight hearing on the Children and Youth Investment Trust [...]

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