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The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants Che Brown, brother of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown to spend six months in prison for committing bank fraud, according to a recent court filing.
Che Brown pleaded guilty in December to falsifying his income on bank documents. It was the same felony charge that Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to last summer after resigning from the Council. Kwame Brown got off with only spending a few hours in custody, but the feds says Che Brown ought to do hard time because this is his second conviction on bank fraud.
The feds say Che Brown’s crime is compounded by the fact that he was well off financially, driving a BMW and owning a boat called “Summers Off.” (Not to be confused with “Bullet Proof,” the boat Kwame Brown bought with an ill-gotten bank loan.)
Most interesting is the allegation made by the feds that Che Brown “made a series of unlawful cash campaign expenditures” during Kwame Brown’s 2008 at-large re-election campaign. Che Brown was never charged with any campaign-finance-related crimes, but Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to Che operating and converting checks into cash on a campaign “side account,” according to court records.
Che Brown’s sentencing memo isn’t yet posted on the court docket, though he will doubtlessly argue for less than six months in prison. Several letters from Che Brown’s supporters asking the judge for leniency in sentencing have been filed. Among those who have vouched for Che Brown’s character are former D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, former City Administrator Elijah Rodgers, and Ben’s Chili Bowl owner Kamal Ali.
Cropp asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to “not allow Che Brown to become a burden to society and a hardened individual in our penal system.”
Che Brown’s sentencing is set for March 5.
Photo via @chebrownsales