Posts Tagged ‘Neil Rodgers’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Millicent West Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge

Millicent West, who two mayors placed in charge of a more than $100 million-a-year city agency responsible for the District's security and emergency management, pleaded guilty today to a felony tax charge for her minor role in helping former Ward 5 Councilmember and current federal prison inmate Harry Thomas Jr.'s theft of city funds.
West headed [...]

Urkel’s Girl

Are federal prosecutors alleging that TV’s Laura Winslow—you know, Urkel’s love interest—gave disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. a $25,000 kickback on a grant from the city?
An examination of court records, tax filings, and emails obtained through several Freedom of Information Act requests raises the question of whether Kellie Williams, the actress who [...]

HTJ, A Coach Like No Other

Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. received more than $220,000 in what appear to be no-bid  contracts from the Department of Parks and Recreation before he was elected to office, according to a review of purchase orders obtained by LL. And Neil Rodgers, who would later go to work for Thomas at the [...]

What is ORGANIZATION #3 in the Harry Thomas Jr. Case?

One of the mysteries of the Harry Thomas Jr. case: Who are the two unnamed organizations that court records indicate gave Thomas kickbacks on city grant money?
According to the statement of offense that Thomas swore was true, one unnamed organization—referred to as ORGANIZATION #3 in court records—gave Thomas a $5,000 kickback on a $10,000 grant [...]

What’s In Store For Ward 5

If, as expected, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resigns as part of a plea deal in the near future, Ward 5 residents will need someone new to represent them.
DCist and Mike DeBonis have already both noted that a special election would most likely be held on May 8 or 15 if Thomas steps down [...]

Thomas Staffer’s Emails: Show Me the Money

Attorney A. Scott Bolden broke some news on Newstalk last Friday by divulging that he's now representing Neil Rodgers, a former aide to embattled Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.
Bolden said Rodgers isn't a target of the feds, but a "witness" in a "broad" investigation. Bolden also said the feds have been asking questions about [...]

Key Figure in TeamThomasGate Says He Hasn’t Talked To Feds

A key figure in the Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s alleged fraudulent misuse of city funds says he's not been interviewed by any federal law enforcement officials, raising questions about when, or even if, Thomas will face federal charges.
Jimmy Garvin, a well-known golf instructor and program director at Langston Golf Course, says he's not [...]