Eugenia Harris of Washington, D.C., charged with making straw contributions to campaign of DC Mayor Vincent Gray

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington public-relations executive has been charged with making straw contributions to candidates for federal and local offices, including District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray.

Eugenia Harris, known as Jeanne Clarke Harris, was charged Monday in a criminal information, a charging document that typically indicates a defendant intends to plead guilty.

Harris is a close associate of Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman and prominent government contractor. Although Thompson is not named in the charging document, prosecutors allege that Harris was reimbursed by an unnamed co-conspirator for contributions made in the names of herself and her friends, relatives and employees.

The document says Harris was reimbursed for $44,000 in contributions to Gray, who was identified as "Candidate A." Harris did communications work for Gray's 2010 campaign.

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