Howard Brooks, Staffer In DC Mayor Vincent Gray's Campaign, Charged In Federal Court

5:11 AM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- For the second time this week, an aide who worked on DC Mayor Vincent Gray's election campaign is expected to enter a guilty plea.

Wednesday,  Howard Brooks was charged with lying to investigators about payments made to a minor candidate in the 2010 mayoral race.

Court documents show that Brooks was charged with one count making false statement. Brooks reportedly lied to the FBI about giving money to Sulaimon Brown.

9 News Now was the first to report that Howard Brooks was wearing a wire and cooperating with investigators. In court, it appears conversations he had with colleague Thomas Gore about the payoffs and coverup were recorded. Gore pleaded guilty to destroying evidence Tuesday. 

Sixty-four-year-old Howard Brooks is accused of first lying to investigators about the scheme. But through his cooperation, his son -- also on the campaign --  is now given immunity. But prosecutors have a cooperation clause in the plea deal that could mean the former aides will reveal the names of others involved.

Brooks is set to appear for arraignment on Thursday in U.S. District Court. He is expected to enter a plea deal. 

Brooks, like Thomas Gore, could be looking at up to five years in prison. There was no comment from his attorney Glen Ivey, reports Johnson.

Howard Brooks has remained in hiding. No one has heard from him nor did he show up to testify at council hearings at the Wilson Building looking into the scandal.

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