Posts Tagged ‘Team Thomas’

The Case Against Harry Thomas Jr.

Why, exactly, did former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resign his seat and plead guilty to two felony charges today? Court papers filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office give a hint: The government was prepared to accuse him of false representations of grants, using pass-through organizations, embezzlement, and misdirection of public funds, including the [...]

Harry Thomas Jr.: “Guilty As Charged, Your Honor”

The newly-former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. just pleaded guilty to two federal felonies as part of a plea deal that could have him serving nearly four years in prison.
The brief court appearance lacked much drama, as Thomas went through the perfunctory plea proceedings before answering Judge John D. Bates' question of whether he was guilty [...]

Harry Gets His Groove Back

At the end of last week’s legislative session, the District’s lawmakers started talking about high school football.
What a shame, some councilmembers said, that past winners of the city’s annual Turkey Bowl—the city’s football championship game—have had issues getting the District to buy them championship jackets.
The councilmember who seemed most energized by the issue was Ward [...]

Read: Team Thomas’ Bank Records

This week's column focuses on where Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s nonprofit, Team Thomas, spent its money. The information came from copies of Team Thomas' bank records, which you can read here:

Where The Team Thomas Money Went

What do a $143.71 tab at Hooters, an $84.74 bill at Bed Bath & Beyond, and a $350 payment to a Maryland-based animal trapper have in common?
They’re all charges made during a one-week span in October 2009 on the debit card belonging to Team Thomas, the nonprofit then run by Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas [...]

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OCF: Maybe the Feds Should Look at Brown
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Good morning Washington. Today's weather should be delightful with sunny skies and [...]

D.C.: Harry Thomas Jr. Used Earmark Money for an Audi

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. stands accused of not only steering more than $300,000 worth of city funds into his own pockets, but doing it poorly.
Attorney General Irv Nathan dropped a civil suit against Thomas today for taking an earmark for "youth baseball programs" and spending it on himself—allegedly for things like an Audi SUV, [...]

Read D.C.’s Lawsuit Against Harry Thomas Jr.

The District government sued D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. today over allegations his non-profit organization, Team Thomas, committed fraud.
The organization has both a for-profit and a not-for-profit arm, as LL reported last year. D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan referred the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for a criminal investigation, as well.
Check back here for [...]

Mary Cheh Is Annoyed

Quite a few things annoy Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh these days.
Anonymous D.C. Council staffers telling reporters Cheh is “caught between a rock and a hard place”: annoying.
“Why don’t you make the judgment based on what I’ve done, as opposed to some theory that I’m in a tight spot. So what is the problem here? [...]

Promises Made, Promises Broken

The first time Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. was ordered by a judge to hand over financial information related to his Team Thomas organization to the Office of the Attorney General, Thomas held a news conference to make a big show of his insistence that he had nothing to hide and was publicly disclosing [...]