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Former ANC 5B Chairman William Shelton, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing more than $28,000 in public money for his personal use, was sentenced to a 30-day jail term today.
The punishment also includes 150 days of home confinement once he exits the hoosegow and 24 months of probation. Shelton will also have to repay the money he stole.
Shelton’s crime wasn’t very sophisticated. He used the ANC’s debit card to make cash withdrawals and direct purchases for his own use. Last year the D.C. auditor found that Shelton spent some of that money on a car note for his Lexus.
In announcing Shelton’s statement via a news release, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen had some more tough talk about his commitment to rooting out public corruption in local politics.
“William Shelton is a serial embezzler. … He took cash out of a taxpayer-funded account for his personal use more than 100 times. Other public officials who are thinking of exploiting their positions of trust should take a hard look at Mr. Shelton’s conviction and sentence.”