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When it rains, it pours. Or at least it does for Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., whose debts in 2011 include $300,000 to the District government for allegedly misspending public “youth baseball” money on an Audi and Hooters and an as-of-yet undisclosed settlement with Uncle Sam to clear up $15,000 in unpaid student loans, penalties, and interest.
Then there’s the legal bills that come from trying to stave off federal indictment. By LL’s count, Thomas has enjoyed the legal representation of at least four well-known lawyers related to the ongoing Team Thomas imbroglio: John Ray, Fred Cooke Jr., Abbe Lowell, and Karl Racine. We’ll probably never know how much Thomas winds up shelling out for those legal services, but those guys probably aren’t cheap.
And here’s one more cost to add to Thomas’ list. Maryland court records show that a Rockville-based anesthesia company won a $866.30 judgment against Thomas in September for what appears to be an unpaid bill. Thomas, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, was also ordered to pay $71 in interest and $65 in court costs, bringing his total to just over a grand.
Normally, this wouldn’t even be news. But when the attorney general accuses Thomas of spending his allegedly misbegotten city funds on a luxury SUV and golf outings at some of the nicest courses in the country, you gotta wonder why the councilmember didn’t tuck some away to pay his bills.