A former D.C. Council candidate who prosecutors say had ties with businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson was charged Tuesday with violating city campaign finance laws to help fund his 2010 primary campaigns

Kelvin Robinson, 53, was charged in D.C. Superior Court with conspiring to defraud the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance by receiving $33,000 in campaign contributions, far more than D.C. law permits, and then concealing those contributions by failing to accurately report the amount of money he received.

The felony charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and potential financial penalties. No court date has been set.

An attorney for Robinson did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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