Former DC Councilmember To Plead Guilty to Bribery

10:12 AM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Former DC Councilmember Michael Brown will appear before a federal judge Monday afternoon to plead guilty to one count of felony bribery.  According to charging documents, he demanded $55,000 from undercover FBI agents he thought were business people looking to strike a contract deal with the city.

According to the charging documents, the sting occured around July 11, 2012.  One month after former Chairman Kwame Brown resigned after pleading guilty to bank fraud and 2 months after the former Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. was sentenced to 3 years behind bars for stealing $350,000 in city funds meant for his youth baseball league.

Brown's lawyer says the 48 year old suffered from a "serious lapse in judgement while facing severe financial difficulties."  We know around that time, his wife filed for divorce, he was on the hook for back taxes, and a lien was placed on his Chevy Chase home.  Brown also reported more than $100,000 missing from his campaign account.  He later withdrew from the campaign citing family concerns.

This makes the third elected official in just 18 months to plead guilty to financial impropriety.  The investigation into the Mayor's 2010 campaign is ongoing.

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