The former chairman of an advisory neighborhood commission in Ward 5 has agreed to repay the city nearly $29,000 in “misappropriated” taxpayer funds.
William C. Shelton was a member of ANC 5B when he used a bank card to draw $28,878 from the commission’s checking account without authorization, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said Thursday. The money, Nathan’s office determined, was “misappropriated and/or wrongfully obtained.” A D.C. auditor report found that some payments went to vendors including Bloomingdale’s, Target and Lexus.
WUSA-TV reported in June that Shelton used the money to make payments on his Lexus. Shelton did not immediately return a phone call for comment Thursday afternoon.
The accusations mirror those against Ward 5’s D.C. Council member, Harry Thomas Jr., albeit on a smaller scale. Nathan accused Thomas this year of misappropriating more than 10 times that amount in city funds; Thomas also settled with Nathan. Thomas is under criminal investigation; it is unclear whether Nathan has referred the Shelton case to prosecutors.
Under the agreement, Shelton will pay an initial installment of $5,000, then $200 a month. Should he not pay on time, he will be subject to triple damages, Nathan said.
Shelton resigned from the ANC in late August.