Second Gray For Mayor Worker Pleads Guilty

6:47 PM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- More trouble for DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

A second key aide in his 2010 campaign has pleaded guilty to wrong-doing. Finance consultant Howard Brooks admitted to a federal judge that he'd been a kind of bagman, taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and depositing them in the account of another candidate.

Brooks said the cash and money orders were all part of a convoluted scheme to keep gadfly candidate Sulaimon Brown in the race so Brown could keep beating up on then mayor Adrian Fenty.

Brooks said he had been instructed to give the money to Brown, but he never said who had instructed him.

He spoke in a loud, clear voice during the hearing. Answer the judges questions repeatedly, "Yes, your honor." He said not a word to reporters as he left the courthouse. To shouts of "Did the Mayor know about this?" he was silent.

His lawyer, former Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey, said Brooks regrets what he did.

The businessman and entrepreneur met with prosecutors and FBI agents at the US Attorneys office in April and told them he never passed any money orders to Brown. He's now admitting he lied.

Brooks faces zero to six months in prison. But he's cooperating with investigators and they could recommend leniency.

Mayor Gray said when the investigation first started that he knew nothing about the alleged scheme. He's now declining any comment.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com
Twitter: @BruceLeshan

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