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Attorney General Peter Nickles has sent a letter to beloved group-home leader David Wilmot demanding more than $240,000 in penalties (plus interest) for multiple violations of a settlement agreement between the city and the Wilmot-owned Individual Development Inc, which runs multiple group homes for the District’s developmentally disabled. If Wilmot doesn’t have a check hand-delivered to Nickles’ office by 3 p.m. today, Nickles said he’s going to take the group homes away from Wilmot.
A few weeks ago LL devoted a whole column to IDI’s problems, which include allegations of treating both its disabled clients and its front-line employees rather poorly while Wilmot, who is also one of the District’s best paid local lobbyists, makes off with a small fortune every year for apparently doing very little work. The column included the news that an independent monitor had found that IDI wasn’t living up to its terms of a settlement with the city and owed the $240,000. IDI had until Dec. 2 to pay $240,089.60. It never paid. Now Nickles wants the money, plus 4 percent interest on the eight overdue days. (First math nerd to post what that comes to in the comments, wins.)
LL has a call into both Nickles and Wilmot, and will update as soon as he hears back from either one. Below is a copy of the letter Nickles sent today.
Of note: Almost Mayor Vince Gray, who has spent much of his career advocating for the developmentally disabled, has included Wilmot in his transition team. Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy says she believes Wilmot is part of Gray’s economic development group. Wilmot is also a lobbyist for Wal-Mart, which just announced plans to expand into the District.
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