Millicent West, former head of DC's homeland security office, pleads guilty, released on personal recognizance

12:56 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The former head of DC's homeland security office pleaded guilty to tax fraud as part of a bargain in court Friday.

Millicent West resigned last year when she was mentioned in papers that charged former councilman Harry Thomas Jr. with embezzlement. Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges.

West was charged with tax fraud Thursday in what's called a "criminal information" filing, which generally means a guilty plea has been worked out.

In court on Friday, we learned West approved a grant check of $110,000 for the youth non-profit, Youth Tech Institute. The money was to pay for the 51st State Inaugural Ball organized by Harry Thomas for 2009. There were not enough tickets sold or money made at that inaugural ball.

Her lawyer gave her two tissues as the judge talked to her on Friday.

Friday, West was released on personal recognizance. She will have to make bi-weekly phone calls to pre-trial services.

West is scheduled for sentencing on May 24.

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