Park Southern is a federal case

August 20, 2014

The front gate of the Park Southern complex is broken and inoperable. The Park Southern Towers has many maintenance-related problems due to negligence and lack of care by the owner. Vesta management company is now taking steps to clean and fix the place up. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) has passed on investigating the management of the Park Southern Apartments; there’s no indication that the Office of the Inspector General has taken any steps to look into it, either. But someone is definitely taking an interest: the Internal Revenue Service, which served a summons last week on the property’s management company seeking documents related to political operative Joyce Scott, former manager and would-be buyer Phinis Jones, the Ward 8 Democrats and various other entities. A summons alone hardly means criminal charges are forthcoming, but it does mean this story could be percolating well into the fall. More from WRC-TVLoose LipsWAMU-FM and AP.

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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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