Greenville, Ala., would seem far away from a financial scandal being played out in the District. But a man accused of stealing $500,000 from the D.C. organization he founded—Keely’s District Boxing and Youth Center—has learned that scandals are only ever a Google search away.
The Greenville Advocate reports that Keely Thompson, who was arrested for fraud in December, is promoting a boxing exhibition in the city, and the city’s law enforcement hasn’t taken kindly to him.
The municipality’s police chief, Lonzo Ingram, has asked resident to be “leery” of Thompson. “If you Google Thompson’s name,” Ingram told the Advocate, “the first thing that comes up is an article from The Washington Post.” The Post article details Thompson’s alleged pocketing of funds meant to go to teaching disadvantaged kids pugilism. The FBI says Thompson used the money to gamble and go on a cruise.
Thompson, who plans to throw a boxing match on the Greenville fairgrounds tomorrow that will feature one of the city’s local fighters, told the Advocate that all “charges will be dismissed. I have done the right things in my life. I am going to stand strong and keep my faith in God.”
Thompson couldn’t be reached. But his former lawyer Frederick D. Cooke Jr. (court records show Thompson has yet to hire a new one) says it’s telling that Thompson hasn’t been indicted yet. Cooke is a near-permanent fixture in D.C. politics.
“Anybody can be arrested, that doesn’t mean anything,” says Cooke. Cooke mentions that he believes in his former client, and that his client “is a good person.” They only parted ways because of a conflict of interest that surfaced, he says.
Asked about the lack of an indictment, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman William Miller says that because “this remains a pending case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has no comment at this time.”
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