The seemingly never–ending Peaceoholics saga is finally over. Three years after the District sued the leaders of the anti-violence group over hundreds of thousands of dollars in disputed money, District Attorney General Karl Racine settled its lawsuit last week with Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten.
In 2013, then-Attorney General Irv Nathan sued Moten and Peaceoholics co-founder Jauhar Abraham for allegedly falsifying a grant application. Nathan’s lawsuit sought more than $600,000; after winning a default judgment against Abraham, Racine settled the city’s lawsuit with Moten for just $10,000.
A press release from Racine’s office touts the settlement’s new conditions on Moten, which require him to stay away from the finances of any nonprofit while allowing him to continue his anti-violence work. But the new restrictions might not be necessary.
Moten, who says he lost his house while fighting the city, tells LL he’s staying away nonprofits.
“I’m never doing nonprofit work again, never,” Moten says.
When the lawsuit was filed, Moten claimed it was payback from Vince Gray‘s administration for supporting Adrian Fenty over Gray in the 2010 election. Don’t expect any more of Moten’s trademark political go-go concerts or music videos this election cycle.
“I’m not getting into politics no more,” Moten says.
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