As if losing her Ward 7 D.C. Council seat to one-time mentor Vince Gray in Junewasn’t bad enough, lame duck councilmember Yvette Alexander will now have to pay the District government $600.
In an agreement reached earlier this month with the District’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, Alexander admitted that she failed to disclose membership on two nonprofit boards in 2012 and 2013. As part of the deal, Alexander will pay the city $600—the sum of two $300 “late fees” for each incomplete disclosure form. Her board membership disclosures are four and three years late, respectively.
BEGA launched the investigation after a City Paper story revealed that Alexander set up a meeting between one of the nonprofits, Take Charge, and the D.C. Trust, which was under the purview of Alexander’s committee.
Despite the settlement with the ethics board and the $600, Alexander insisted when reached by City Paper that she hadn’t done anything wrong. If Alexander had refused to come to an agreement with BEGA, she could have been forced to pay as much as $10,000.
“There is nothing to talk about!” Alexander wrote in a text message. “There was no wrongdoing and no action was taken.”
When City Paper pointed out that BEGA had made her pay $600, Alexander insisted that it was “a late fee, nothing more!”