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A high-ranking District Department of Transportation staffer plead guilty today after failing to reveal $170,000 on his city financial disclosure forms.
DDOT Project Manager Ali Shakeri pleaded guilty to one charge of making a false statement, with an option to have the charge dropped if he completes community service in six months. Shakeri still works at the agency, according to DDOT spokesman Terry Owens.
Today’s plea marked a surprisingly mild finish for an investigation that was revealed in dramatic style, when Shakeri was arrested in May at DDOT’s M Street SE headquarters in front of his colleagues. Court papers list eight different businesses that gave Shakeri his outside $170,000, which he earned along with more than $150,000 annually from DDOT.