Posts Tagged ‘Michael Brown’

Michael Brown’s Plea Deal Points to Another Investigation

Michael Brown wanted "a piece of the piece," and he wanted it badly. Text messages and transcripts introduced in federal court today reveal the former at-large councilmember repeatedly asking to receive portions of what became a $55,000 bribe, in exchange for helping Maryland businessmen obtain fraudulent Certified Business Enterprise status. "It's not cheap to get [...]

Michael Brown Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in federal court today, a decision that could put him in prison for 37 months under a deal he struck with prosecutors.
Between July 2012 and March 2013, Brown accepted $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing a businessmen hoping to get official recognition [...]

Ron Machen’s Warnings Didn’t Work on Michael Brown

One thing that jumps out about the $55,000 former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown allegedly took in bribes from undercover FBI agents is when authorities say he started taking them: July 11, 2012. That's just one day after Vince Gray shadow campaign operative Jeanne Clarke Harris pleaded guilty in federal court on corruption charges.
U.S. Attorney Ron Machen used [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links

Ex-Councilmember Michael Brown tells supporters he'll plead guilty to federal bribery charges. [NBC 4, Post, WUSA9 LL, Examiner, WAMU]
D.C. Council and mayor clash over licenses for undocumented immigrants. [Examiner]
Marion Barry takes $6,800 in gifts from city contractors. [Post]
Crime up in D.C. elementary schools. [Examiner]

Sources: Michael Brown Says He Got Money From Jeff Thompson

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown, who told supporters last night he plans to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from an undercover FBI operation, has provided law enforcement officials with information about the man at the center of the ongoing federal probe into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign, according to people familiar with the investigations.
Brown [...]

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 [...]

Plurality Rules

One by one they came to celebrate at the Channel Inn, the Southwest waterfront hotel, restaurant, and bar whose glory days are long gone. Once a favorite hangout of Marion Barry, his mayoral administration’s insiders, and various hangers-on during the ’80s, the quirky joint will soon be torn down to make way for what seems [...]

Elections Board and Michael Brown Both Weighing What Would Happen if Brown Wins

What if former Councilmember Michael Brown, who abruptly quit the at-large D.C. Council race earlier this month, were to still win the most votes in the April 23 special election? Would Brown be declared the victor, or would the second-highest vote getter win the seat?
Turns out, the Board of Elections doesn't actually know and its [...]

Try and Try and Try Again

There are many Pat Maras in D.C.
They are the young college strivers from around the country, who flock post-graduation to jobs at the Capitol where they answer constituent mail, get coffee, and move up in the ranks. After a few years on the Hill, they cash in/sell out/move on to better paying lobbying and consulting [...]