Posts Tagged ‘u.s. attorney’s office’

Ex-Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Charged in Jeff Thompson Case

The federal pursuit of D.C. Council candidates accused of getting illicit help from shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson continues. After scoring a guilty plea from one-time at-large hopeful Kelvin Robinson earlier this month, prosecutors filed a charge today accusing former Ward 1 candidate Jeff Smith of also covering up off-the-books aid from Thompson.
Smith, a former member of the District's school board, [...]

Prosecutors on Michael Brown: Throw the Book at Him

Is ex-councilmember Michael Brown a committed crook on a "crime creep," or is he a good person who repeatedly finds himself breaking the law? Ahead of Brown's sentencing hearing next Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office and his defense team traded memos yesterday over whether Brown should receive the 43 months in prison that the government has recommended.
Prosecutors' response [...]

Here’s the Letter the FBI Sent to People Caught on the Michael Brown Wiretap

The FBI bribery sting of Michael Brown revealed that the former at-large councilmember was an active and not particularly cautious phone user who would demand his "piece of the piece" in calls and text messages to federal agents. This week, people who interacted with Brown on his phone during the wiretap are hearing that they, too, [...]

Power of Attorney

J. Wyndal Gordon has spent the last nine months calling Michael Brown a rat, but on Monday, he felt sorry for him.
Gordon, an outspoken Baltimore attorney who calls himself the "warrior lawyer," represents Hakim Sutton, who served as Brown's campaign treasurer until the former at-large councilmember fired him and accused him of embezzling campaign funds [...]

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 [...]

Feds: Tax Office Employee Ripped Off City for $300,000

An employee in the city's beleaguered tax office helped file 282 fraudulent District tax returns that produced more than $300,000 in fraudulent local tax refunds, the U.S. Attorney's Office says in recent court filings.
Kimberle Davis was a full-time "control technician" at the Office of Tax and Revenue while also maintaining a part-time second job in [...]

Feds Asking Questions About VO’s Campaign

Federal authorities this week questioned a former campaign worker for At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange's 2011 campaign about the campaign's ties to Vernon Hawkins and Jeanne Clarke Harris—two central figures in the ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign.
The former aide says the FBI was interested in what roles Hawkins and Harris, who pleaded [...]

Native Fed

Let no one accuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. of slacking. In the last seven months, the feds have turned District politics into one of the most entertaining real-life soap operas around.
There’s Harry Thomas Jr., who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 to buy an Audi and a motorcycle. [...]

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 [...]

Sources: Office of Jeff Thompson Raided by Law Enforcement (Updated)

One or more offices of one of D.C. politics' biggest political contributors, Jeff Thompson, was raided by law enforcement today, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
A spokeswoman for the FBI would only say that there was "law enforcement action" today but declined to elaborate.
Thompson, an accountant who owns a managed care organization that [...]

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