Marion Barry is a former mayor of Washington, D.C. and sits on the City Council.(Photo: Lisa Nipp, Gannett)
WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has been censured by the city's ethics board and fined $13,600 for accepting cash gifts from two city contractors.
The ethics board concluded Thursday that Barry had violated the council's code of conduct when he took a total of $6,800 from two construction companies that have done business with the city. The owner of one of the companies has said he gave Barry $2,800 to help pay his bills.
Although Barry reported the gifts on his financial disclosure statements, he did not inform the council chairman as required or recuse himself from matters involving the two companies.
The former four-term mayor admitted to the wrongdoing, and the action taken by the board was part of a negotiated settlement.
Barry declined immediate comment.