WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- The founders of the "Peaceholics", District's most successful and most controversial gang intervention group, is firing back at the District's Attorney General who went to court accusing them of misusing funds from the Mayor and DC Council.
Attorney General Irv Nathan is asking that two 2004 GMC Yukon Denalis XL trucks be returned along with more than $600,000 in restitution.
Peaceaholic co-founders Ron Moten and Jauhar Abraham in a press conference on Monday said the trucks were titled in Abraham's name because the Peaceaholics were a new non-profit with no credit history. They insisted the vehicles have only been used for the non-profits purposes including ferrying youth back and forth to college campuses.
The attorney general says Moten and Abraham failed to report their full incomes which enabled them to collect grant money from the troubled Children's Youth Investment Trust.
This is a fund that Council members routinely steered dollars to their pet projects through earmarks.
Former Ward Five Councilman Harry Thomas Junior had money from the fund kicked back to him for trips, a luxury vehicle, motorcycle, and more. He resigned from office and pleaded guilty for stealing and is now in prison.
Peaceoholics founders Moten and Abraham say they have not diverted any money to their personal use and they didn't hide their incomes.
Abraham explained the money from the CYIT was sole sourced and not open to competitive bidding. The money was there before the application he says because Mayors Tony Williams, Adrian Fenty and Council members felt the group was offering a unique service.
Abraham and Moten charged the suit against them is motivated by Mayor Gray's vendetta for their having supported Fenty in the last election.
AG Nathan says it's not so. He's merely protecting the city's money.