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Starting today, former Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will pay the District government $2,000 per month for the next 26 months, according to a settlement with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. The settlement was finalized last week and comes after Evans failed to pay the $55,000 he owes for violating the District’s ethics rules while in office. The agreement is the third such document Evans has signed promising to pay up.
He previously signed two separate agreements with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, one in August 2019 and the other in May 2020. The deadlines for payment in those cases have come and gone. To date, Evans has paid only $3,000 of the total he owes.
This most recent settlement with OAG consolidates his fines and does not impose any additional penalties or interest, which sounds like a great deal considering the rates on Loose Lips’ student loans and the 4 percent interest the D.C. Superior Court adds to civil fines against government employees. But the agreement is fairly typical of others signed by people who owe BEGA lots of money according to Ashley Cooks, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics within BEGA.
Evans did not return LL’s phone call about the payment plan.
Evans’ first settlement with BEGA came in August 2019, after an investigation into his use of his D.C. Council email address to send his resume and business pitches to legal and lobbying firms. Evans was seeking to leverage his relationships and influence as a councilmember to obtain a side job. The Council reprimanded Evans for violations of their code of conduct, which prohibits using government resources for nongovernmental business and using the prestige of his office for private gain. The settlement in that case allowed Evans to admit no wrongdoing, and he agreed to pay a $20,000 fine.
In May 2020, BEGA concluded that Evans violated the Code of Conduct by mixing his private consulting work with his Council work. The law firm O’Melveny and Myers came to a similar conclusion and found that Evans made $400,000 moonlighting as a private consultant while in office but could not explain what he actually did for his clients. Evans agreed to pay $35,000 to settle with BEGA, which came due June 30, 2021.