Hakim Sutton, charged with campaign theft, surrenders to authorities

Sutton's theft fueled doubts about Michael Brown's fiscal oversight. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) The alleged theft fueled doubts about Michael Brown’s fiscal oversight. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The former campaign treasurer to ex-lawmaker Michael A. Brown turned himself in to police Friday, two days after he was publicly accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Brown’s 2012 campaign account.

Hakim J. Sutton was indicted in February on 14 counts, including theft and fraud charges, but authorities said in court papers that they could not locate him in the ensuing weeks. The indictment was unsealed and publicized Wednesday, and Sutton surrendered Friday morning, D.C. police said.

He appeared before a federal magistrate Friday afternoon, represented by a federal public defender. Sheldon Snook, a spokesman for the court, said Sutton was released on his own recognizance pending a status hearing.

The theft, revealed by Brown in June 2012, upended his run for a second term as an at-large D.C. Council member, contributing to his defeat in the general election that November. A separate federal investigation of Brown was underway at the same time authorities were probing the theft, however, and Brown was caught in a bribery sting the following March.

An attorney who has represented Sutton in the past, J. Wyndal Gordon, did not return messages seeking comment.

Brown pleaded guilty to a felony bribery charge and is awaiting sentencing.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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