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WUSA9’s Bruce Johnson is reporting that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is set to resign his council seat and take a plea with federal prosecutors that will send him to prison. (Back story you all know by now: Thomas was sued by the D.C. attorney general last summer for allegedly taking more than $300,000 in city funds earmarked for “youth baseball” and spending it on himself. Thomas agreed to pay back the money but has not admitted any wrongdoing. A month ago, federal agents searched Thomas’ house and seized his SUV, motorcycle and cell phone.) Johnson reports that “Thomas will plead to at least one felony, possibly more. He expects to get a two to three year prison sentence.”
“I just couldn’t beat the tax charges,” Thomas said to one of his associates, according to Johnson. Last month’s raid was conducted by the FBI as well as by agents from the IRS’s criminal investigations division.
A little cold water: NBC4’s Tom Sherwood reports that Thomas’ lawyers are in sensitive talks with the feds over a possible plea, but have reached no agreement. One source close to Thomas tells LL that the councilmember and his lawyers are in serious discussions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and some sort of deal is expected shortly.
In any event, look for a very exciting day at the Wilson Building tomorrow if Thomas shows up for the legislative session. If he doesn’t show, well, look for a really boring day.
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