Posts Tagged ‘u.s. attorney’

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 [...]

Name Dropping

Finally, a foe for Ron Machen, the District’s reigning legal champ. The news last month that politically wired Chinatown restaurateur Tony Cheng and his son were being charged with bribery was notable, but the real intrigue was that, unlike most people charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in its ongoing District corruption soap opera, they [...]

Tony Cheng’s Son Applied for Gun Permit During Investigation

Here's a wrinkle in the taxi bribery charges against politically connected Chinatown restauranteur Tony Cheng and his son. While prosecutors were pressuring the two to cooperate in a larger federal investigation, Tony Cheng Jr. was getting permission to carry a gun.
On April 22, Cheng applied for a concealed weapons permit, according to Virginia court records. [...]

Howard Brooks Pleads Guilty

Gray campaign aide mystery man Howard Brooks is a mystery no more: Brooks appeared in federal court today to plead guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI.
But that's not all he did. Brooks admitted today in court that he was the bagman for the Gray campaign after it decided in the summer [...]

Former Gray Campaign Aide Charged With Destroying Evidence

Federal officials have just made public documents charging Thomas Gore, the assistant treasurer on Vince Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign, with breaking D.C. campaign finance laws, then destroying evidence to stymy the U.S. Attorney's probe into the campaign.
Gore, who handled day-to-day finances of the campaign, allegedly made three contributions to another candidate, using money orders bought [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Spent $89 of Your Taxes on Leather Chaps

As part of the exhibits filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in today's sentencing of Harry Thomas Jr., we learn a little bit more about where the disgraced former Ward 5 councilmember spent more than $350,000 of public money he stole.
For instance, when Thomas bought a $22,499 Victory motorcyle, he also spent more than $700 [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Sentenced to 38 Months in Prison

Harry Thomas Jr. will go to federal prison for 38 months, then serve three years of probation, for stealing more than $350,000 in city funds, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled this morning.
“This is a case of betrayal,” Bates said.
Before the sentencing, Thomas blamed his theft of on “a sense of entitlement.” He briefly choked up [...]

Just Following Money Orders

At 6:58 p.m. on Mar. 10, 2011, Western Union sold two $500 money orders that were later given to Councilmember Vincent Orange’s campaign. A minute later, the same Western Union agent sold another $500 money order that was also headed to Orange.
At 7:04 p.m., a different Western Union agent sold two more $500 money orders, [...]

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