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Disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is due in court later this month to answer questions about the $30,000 overdue payment he owes the city. (H/T to WAMU’s Patrick Madden for breaking this story.)
Thomas agreed last summer to reimburse the District $300,000. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $350,000.
His installment plan of $50,000 every six months has not panned out. The first payment was made last summer, but Thomas was late on the second payment due in December. Recently, $20,000 of that $50,000 debt was repaid.
A spokesman for the AG says the subpoena is part of an effort to secure Thomas’ “compliance with the settlement agreement.”
What this boils down to is an effort by the AG to hear from Thomas as to why he hasn’t followed through with the settlement agreement. (Hint: he doesn’t have a job.) Thomas is due to answer the AG’s questions in D.C. Superior Court on April 27, but it’s probably safe to assume that Thomas and the AG will work out something that doesn’t involve Thomas talking about his personal finances in open court.
Thomas’ lawyer, Fred Cooke Jr., says “we’re happy to cooperate with the subpoena or otherwise.”
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