Sunday, January 8, 2012

DC Council Member Charged With Embezzling $350K

Harry Thomas Jr., 51, of Washington, DC, has been charged by federal authorities with embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds from the District of Columbia where he had been serving as a Council Member.  Federal authorities allege that Thomas funnelled government funds, intended for youth sports programs, through intermediaries to pay for personal expenses that included an Audi sport-utility vehicle and golf trips. Thomas, who has been charged with theft of federal funds and tax evasion, resigned his position after the allegations were made public.  The misappropriation allegedly occurred over a nearly 2 year period, from April 2007 to February 2009 and totalled $353,500. 

Read the story here and here.

Read the charging document here.

Update (5/2/12): Thomas has been sentenced to 38 months in prison.  He had plead guilty to theft and tax evasion charges in January 2012.

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