Disgraced ex-Councilmember Michael A. Brown‘s prison term means he probably won’t be an elected official again, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be around District government buildings again. In an agreement with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability released last week, Brown agreed to do Scared Straight!-style presentations to convince government employees not to commit their crimes of their own.
Brown, who lost his at-large D.C. Council seat in 2012, is currently serving a 39-month sentence in Alabama after being busted in an amusingly unsubtle bribery sting.
In his settlement with BEGA for using his office for personal gain, Brown also agreed to pay the city $12,000 and perform 200 hours of community service. But maybe the most interesting part of Brown’s disposition with the ethics board will come after his release in 2017, when he’s committed to running a dozen presentations to “educate government employees on the risks inherent in engaging in unethical conduct related to their government employment.”
Brown’s presentation will include portions on the “importance of ethics in government” and his own experiences breaking the law. Brown, who spent much of his time during the bribery scheme insisting on getting his “piece of the piece,” will now have to change his tune. Brown’s presentations, according to the agreement, will have to “convey the message that such conduct must be avoided.”
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