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Money that Marion Barry took to possibly cover his expenses has left him with even more bills to pay. The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability censured Barry this afternoon for accepting $6,800 from two contractors and fined him double that amount.
Barry took $4,000 from F&L Construction and $2,800 in gifts from Forney Enterprises, even though he knew they were city contractors, according to the board’s settlement with him. The board fined him $13,600 for breaking the prohibition on taking gifts above $20 from contractors, although it couldn’t find evidence that Barry took the gifts in exchange for votes on city contracts.
Fred Cooke Jr., Barry’s lawyer, hasn’t returned LL’s call.
The board also issued a violation notice for former Councilmember Michael Brown, who pleaded guilty last month to accepting $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. The plea opens Brown up to a BEGA fine for as high as three times the amount of the bribes: $165,000.”There’s big money at stake,” Darrin Sobin, the board’s director of government ethics, says.
Brown’s fine could be much less if he negotiates a settlement with the board. BEGA didn’t offer a timeline for settling with Brown, but board member Deborah Lathen asked for a hearing before his October sentencing, when Brown will likely start “living at taxpayers’ expense.”
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