As the chief of staff for then-City Administrator Allen Lew, Warren Graves made things happen, and not always nicely. In 2012, for example, Graves suggested that Lew manage the troubled District’s Department of the Environment through fear. But now Graves is in some trouble of his own, thanks to a new tax charge filed against his yesterday in federal court.
Prosecutors have charged Graves filing a false tax return in April 2010. Graves’ return allegedly reported that he earned $140,556, according to prosecutors, when he actually made more than double that, $368,937.
The charge comes in the form of a criminal information, which suggests that Graves has already struck a deal with prosecutors and plans to plead guilty. No hearing date has been set in the case. Graves’ attorneys didn’t return LL’s requests for comment.
This isn’t the first time Graves’ finances have caught notice. In the Vince Gray administration, Graves worked for Lew as an independent contractor instead of a city employee, an unusual arrangement meant to preserve his pension.